The "Keros Hoard": Myth Or Reality? : Searching for the Lost Pieces of a Puzzle

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Getty Publications, 2005 - Art - 354 pages
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Keros is a small, mountainous, and now-deserted island situated between Naxos, Amorgos, and Ios in the southeast Cyclades. Keros became widely known after a series of extensive and clandestine excavations in the 1950s and early 1960s, which concentrated on a particularly rich deposit of material at the site of Kavos, situated at its barren western extremity. These major lootings resulted in the illegal export from Greece of a large number of Early Cycladic objects - mostly fragmentary marble figurines - that flooded the international antiquities market under the general name the Keros Hoard. The cache was said to have included at least 350 Cycladic objects and is now widely dispersed. This study features a review of the archaeological investigations on Keros; a discussion of the so-called Keros Hoard; an extensive account of the various aspects of Cycladic figurines; and a catalogue of the objects identified as coming from the Hoard. Also included are an analysis of the data derived form the Hoard, the results of the study comparing the fragments in the Museum of Cycladic Art with those discovered at Kavos during official archaeological investigations; an interpretation of the Ho
 

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Contents

ABBREViATlONS BlBLlOGRAPHY
16
lNTRODUCTlON
26
The Keros Hoard
38
CYCLADIC FIGURINES
47
SCHEMATIC FIGURINES p 52 NATURALISTIC FIGURINES p 55 HYBRID FIGURINES p
63
THE USE OF DESIGN FORMULAE AND CANONS
69
CATALOGUE
88
CANONICAL FIGURINES p 92 KAPSALA VARIETY p 92 SPEDOS VARIETY p 93 A Early works
167
CANONICAL FIGURINES p 176 SPEDOS VARIETY p 176 A Early works of the Spedos variety p
181
B STONE VASES
243
Objects from other collections Drawings
258
Types and provenance of the marble
271
LEGS p 302 BENT LEGS p 302 THIGHS 303 KNEES 305 LOWER LEGS 308 ANKLES p
310
DISCUSSION
323
CONCORDANCES
342
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POSTCANONICAL FIGURINES
173

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Peggy Sotirakopoulos is curator of the Cycladic collection at the Museum of Cycladic Art, Athens.

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