Seated woman, Spedos type

Early Aegean, Cycladic
Bronze Age, Early Bronze Age
about 2600–2500 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 006.


Height x width: 13 x 6.4 cm (5 1/8 x 2 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Marble from the Greek islands

Not On View


The Ancient World



The figure is intact except for flaking caused by exposure to salt water when the tomb in which it was placed was flooded or dampened at some time in the past, perhaps in the tidal eruption around 1500 B.C. The surfaces have a rough, crusty yellow-brown patina.
The modeled and incised details are still clear, including the right eye, the arms, the fingers and toes, and the divisions of the body. Seated women are rare in Cycladic sculpture.


By 1967: Herbert A. Cahn, Münzen und Medaillen, Basel, and André Emmerich, 41 East 57th Street, New York 10022; gift of Herbert A. Cahn and André Emmerich to MFA, December 13, 1967

Credit Line

Gift of Herbert A. Cahn and André Emmerich