Greek Maiden Statuettes
10.5" x 3" x 2.5"
Paragones of grace and elegance, these Greek maiden statuettes exemplify idealized beauty standards, with almond shaped eyes, sloping noses, and small rosebud lips. Their wavy hair is pulled back into buns, fasted at the nape of the neck. The highly modeled drapery, with deep grooves, indicates the form underneath. The shape of legs, hips, and breasts are visible through the fabric, which clings to the body. The women are almost mirror copies of one another, with identical features, clothing, and hair styles. Only variations in posture differentiate them. The maidens delicately adjust themselves – one fixes her hair, while the other fingers her garment, which is slipping down her shoulder and revealing bare flesh underneath. These Greek maiden statuettes were made from copper cladded plaster in the mid-20th century. Sculpting idealized beauties is a longstanding tradition, one which extends back thousands of years. Numerous sculptures of female deities and maidens exist. Among the most famous is the Venus de Milo, a marble sculpture from around 150 BCE, which depicts the goddess Aphrodite. Although the Venus de Milo is represented nude, these two statuettes share similar idealized features and hairstyles with the Hellenistic sculpture.
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