Cycladic Art Keros Harpist Cycladic Idol Alabaster Statue Handmade Sculpture 4.5 Inches

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Cycladic Art Keros Harpist Cycladic Idol Alabaster Statue Handmade Sculpture 4.5 Inches

Height: 4.5 inches (11.4 cm)
Width: 2.5 inches (6.4 cm)
Depth: 3.2 inches (8.1 cm)
Weight: 0.63 lbs (290 gr)

This so-called ‘Keros harpist’ is one of the most beautiful and best known artifacts of the Cycladic civilization, as well as one of the oldest representations of a musician. The male harpist sits on an elegant throne holding a large musical instrument resembling a harp or lyre in his right hand. His nose and penis are shown in relief, as on most Cycladic figurines. It was found in a tomb together with the figurine of a flutist; both artifacts were probably made by the same craftsman. Male figurines are relatively rare in the Early Cycladic period, and usually depict men in action. Harpist representations are even more unusual. This one belongs to the developed Spedos variety.
A beautiful Cycladic idol of timeless beauty and form, showing a man & a woman merged in one shape.

The Cycladic civilization of the Aegean Sea flourished at about the same time as the early Egyptian and Mesopotamian civilizations (c. 3000-2000 B.C.) and is considered the forerunner of the first truly European civilization. (read more about Cycladic art…)

The sculpture produced by the artisans of the Cyclades islands was unique compared to the art being produced by the Egyptians and Mesopotamians.

These sculptures, commonly called Cycladic idols, were often used as grave offerings, which points to the obvious role of religion in society.

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