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Head of a Cycladic idol
Head of a Cycladic idol - Ancient Art Style Head of a Cycladic idol -
Ref : 84590
145 000 €
Period :
BC to 10th century
Provenance :
Formerly in the French private collection of Mrs Kitty Lillaz (1914-2008).
Medium :
White marble
Dimensions :
L. 2.44 inch X l. 6.1 inch
Ancient Art  - Head of a Cycladic idol BC to 10th century - Head of a Cycladic idol
Galerie David Ghezelbash

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Head of a Cycladic idol

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.

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