a Bactrian Princesses

Andreas Meichsner for The New York Times

One of the so-called Bactrian Princesses from Central Asia (2500-1500 B.C.) currently on show at Documenta 13 in Kassel, Germany.

As Roberta Smith explains this “group of eight small, rare composite figurines…from the Central Asian region around northern Afghanistan…Roughly contemporary with Cycladic and Egyptian…distinguished by delicate limestone faces and bulky, polychrome stone bodies cloaked with incised patterns that conjure rivers, plant life and intricately woven silks.


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