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Michael Niese Art 187 Dr. Casper November 16, 2009 Visual Analysis: Amlash Female Figure Using visual aspects of a work of art, an individual can potentially determine the meaning, context, and time period of the piece of artwork. Visual analysis is imperative to understanding the meaning and purpose of works of art. To illustrate this notion, I will conduct a visual analysis of the Amlash Female Figure from the Miami University Art Museum. The Amlash Female Figure dates to approximately 1200-800 BCE and is made of terracotta. Significant aspects of the figure are striking and provide evidence to its potential use, purpose, and meaning. Examining the figure’s overall appearance as well as specific features of the Amlash Female Figure reveals the artifact to be from the late Neolithic Period. Given this context, the figure will take on elements similar to other works of art studied in class from that time period. Such elements of the Amlash Female Figure ’s appearance include the abnormally large lower body, generalized body type, color, texture, and size, among others. Specific features of the Amlash Female Figure that should be noted include the lack of facial features, the pronounced forehead and ears, the lack of hands and feet, the elongated neck, and the accuracy in symmetry, among others. When first looking at the Amlash Female Figure , significant aspects of the general appearance strike the observer’s eye. Perhaps the first characteristic of the figure that an individual notices is the abnormally large hips, thighs, and legs. The thighs, hips, and legs are disproportional to the size of a normal person’s hips and thighs, either those of a man or woman. Moreover, the hips extend wider than the figure’s arms. Consequently, the observer can deduce that the artist specifically emphasized the lower portion of the figure’s body. In addition, one is able to tell that the figure is indefinitely female from the depiction of the breasts. It must be noted, however, that the proportions of the entire body do not properly represent those of a “normal” female body. As a result, significant features cause the viewer to question the artist’s intentions. Before discussing these features, however, other aspects of the artwork’s appearance as a whole should be noted. There is no defined color of the object except for that of the material that was used to form the sculpture. Even so, the color is faded and results in a pink-brown hue that covers the entire object. The figure is entirely smooth, both in the front and back. While
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