Seeing Women

8) FF Syrian Bronze and Allison final

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Tough

5) FF SummittFinal

Left: A crossed-arms pose, and a face with only a nose, is typical of Cycladic marble figurines, found in a group of Greek islands (Cyclades). Right: A famously stern and successful coach well known to basketball fans. I gave Pat a Cycladic face, and gave the figurine orange pants, to unify the two.

Fat and Fit

4) FF VenusWillendorf Final

On the left is Venus of Willendorf, a Stone Age “fertility goddess,” though we can only speculate about what these figurines originally meant, and to whom. I’m intrigued by the way goddess forms and poses are echoed in modern-day athletes. At right: Modeled on 2012 US Olympic weightlifter Holly Mangold, who competed in the superheavyweight division.

Celebration

3) FFVenusWilliamsFINAL

On left: Might be my very favorite goddess figure. Such joy and whimsy! From ancient Greece. Commonly found in tombs and shrines, including those for children.Often the heads are bird-like, and the arms are wings. The face is my own addition. Right: Modeled from Venus Williams.

Strength

2) FF Hogshead Final

At left: An Egyptian fertility bird goddess – a blend of bird, woman, and deity with the often-seen raised-arm position. Many similar painted terra cotta figures, up to a foot tall, have been found in graves. Face is my own addition. At right: Nancy Hogshead-Makar, three-time Olympic gold medalist (plus one silver medal), graciously allowed me to use a famous photo of her as the model.