The plank-shaped figurines of human form were mostly discovered in Cyprus and they are fine examples of prehistoric Cypriot art. These figurines were probably associated with fertility, birth and death. We created a sculpture, which is made of recycled aluminum and placed on a base, inspired by an impressive clay plank-shaped figurine from Cyprus, which dates around 2000-1800 B.C.
Dimensions: 5,5 cm x 17,5 cm x 4 cm
Dimensions of the base: 5,5 cm x 2 cm x 4 cm
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The plank-shaped figurines, which were usually made of clay, became the most common form of human representation in Cypriot art, during the Early and Middle Bronze Age (2000-1600 B.C.). They had flat rectangular body and a narrower head and neck. Facial features and ornaments were indicated by incised and painted patterns with the exception of noses, ears and breasts, that were often modelled. Such figurines are usually discovered in tombs.
During the Early Cypriot III - Middle Cypriot I period (2000-1900 BC), the plank-shaped figurines were often made of stone. They were comparatively large in size and they had a plain rectangular body with angular protrusions for the arms. The figurines were probably associated with fertility, birth and death. The findings of the stone figures are rare and come mainly from graves.
Plank-shaped figurines are displayed at the Museum of Cycladic Art in Athens.
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