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Auxerre Goddess

This is an early miniature limestone female figure. It came to light in Auxerre, France, but is thought to have come originally from Crete.

Rounded surfaces and gentle curves are skillfully combined with straight lines and flat planes. The sculpture was brightly coloured too, adding to the visual effect

Yellowish grey limestone
Location of Original: 

Paris Louvre 3098


Purchased from the Louvre in 1922


Lippold: Griechische Plastik, 22 (n.1); pl. 2.3
Karo: Personality in Greek Archaic Art, 93-4
Jenkins: Dedalica, 42
Collignon: Monuments et Memoires – Fondation Eugène Piot XX 1913, 5-38
Collignon: Revue Archéologique XI 1908, 153-170
Stewart: Greek Sculpture, 107, pls. 27-8
Richter: Korai (1968), 32, no.18, pls. 76-79
Richter: Ancient Italy, 8
Martinez: La Dame d’Auxerre
Karakasi: Archaic Korai (2003), 56

c.640 BCE


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