Cycladic art, Spedos type, circa 2700-2400 B.C
This Cycladic idol head is characteristic of the type of Spedos. The oblong-shaped head surmounts a conical neck. The only anatomical detail of the face is the sculpted nose. The eyes and mouth were originally painted.
The marble idols are the most famous testimony to the spectacular development of the Cycladic islands during the Ancient Bronze Age. But their meaning still remains enigmatic. Found in funeral or domestic contexts, they were probably associated with religious rites. Originally painted, some keep traces of their past polychromy.