Cypriot slab plank-figure with arm stubs: Middle Cypriot I-II (2000- 1750BC)

slab plank-figure with arm stubs

Slab style Plank Figure from the Middle Bronze Age I-II.  The slab figures do not have the head and neck narrower than the body as in the classic "Shoulder Figures", which were decorated with incised patterns marking clothing and necklaces.  Slab figures also often have rudimentary arms and are much more likely to have breasts than the classic figures.  They are generally taken to be a little later than the classic plank figures and in these later figures the incised decoration (with only the nose in relief) is replaced by other features in relief, often including arms, which the earlier figures do not have, and later (in transitional figures from the Middle Cypriot III- Late Cypriot I) even legs.With its flipper like "arms," the outline of this figure is somewhat similar to the 7 slab-plank figures made of chalk from South West Cyprus, now in the Cycladic Museum, Athens. These are blank but may have been painted originally.  Its ears are curiously bent over at the top, very like on the "flat head" Base Ring figures of the Late Bronze Age, the ears of which it has been suggested intentionally imitated the ears of the contemporary bull figures. This is another reason to think that the figure may be at least as late as Middle Cypriot II

See my general notes on Plank figures with my narrow necked "Plank figure" (and also )


Size: 24.5cm high

(Ex private collection, Japan, prior to 1985. Mitsukoshi Department Store, Japan, 1987 Subsequently Christies auction 9796, New York| 5 - 6 December 2001. Published as drawing, D. Morris, The Art of Ancient Cyprus 1985, p.143 fig.212. Also published as drawing Vassos Karageorghis "The Choroplastic Art of Ancient Cyprus" Vol 1, p 87 (1991))

(Aquired Art Ancient)

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