Big Boned Gals

19 Dec

big gals


Husb and I spent last week in Malta, a fabulous country with loads of ancient history stuff to enjoy. We visited the excellent National Museum of Archaeology in Valetta and saw these Neolithic statues, found in local ancient stone temples, about 6 thousand years old. They definitely liked the larger lady back in those days. One intriguing feature is that most of the statues were headless – they were discovered with separate heads nearby. It’s possible that the heads were meant to be interchangeable. The flamingo was stuffed and I drew it at the Natural History Museum in Rabat, a traditional old-fashioned museum that was charming.

Drawn with a Faber Castell Pitt drawing pen size S, into my A5 Tate Gallery sketchbook.

5 Responses to “Big Boned Gals”

  1. Rachel Terwillger December 23, 2014 at 00:35 #

    Appreciating this lots! Great sketches and reminder of how body image was different in the past.

    • Rosie Scribblah December 23, 2014 at 07:16 #

      Thank you. Yes, buxom wenches like me were worshipped as goddesses. That makes me feel good. Cats were worshipped as well, my cat Sparta just reminded me, in case I get too big for my monkey boots 😉

      • Rachel Terwillger December 23, 2014 at 14:52 #

        Haha, yes, good for both of us and our kitties though 😉

  2. sharoncathrine December 20, 2014 at 23:17 #

    I love the interchangeable head theory….on so many levels.

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