The Karpathos Lady

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Jade Koekoe
published on 09 January 2017
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Female figurine known as the Karpathos Lady. Limestone, 4500-3200 BCE. Found on Karpathos, Greece.

This object is the oldest Greek statue in the British Museum's collection. Particular care has been taken to define the face, breasts and vulva of this figure, suggesting it has a connection with female fertility.

This image was taken at the National Museum of Australia in the British Museum travelling exhibition A History of the World in 100 (and 1) Objects.

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Jade Koekoe
Jade is a Librarian with an avid interest in Roman and Greek architecture and ancient Middle-Eastern cultures.

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Koekoe, J. (2017, January 09). The Karpathos Lady. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from

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Koekoe, Jade. "The Karpathos Lady." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified January 09, 2017.

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Koekoe, Jade. "The Karpathos Lady." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 09 Jan 2017. Web. 21 Jul 2024.