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Cycladic idol.
3rd millennium BCE Aegean Cycladic Sculpture

CYCLADIC (EARLY) Anonymous (3000 BCE - 2000 BCE) Primary
c. 3000 BCE-2000 BCE
3rd millennium BCE
Cyclades Islands. Greece.
L. Zurich. Kunsthaus Zurich.
Here we see two images of the Great Goddess that were carved from marble in the most simplified geometric forms between 2800 and 2000 BCE in the Cyclades islands. Although the style is different than the other examples of the Great Goddess from the Neolithic period that we have studied, for example those from Malta and Anatolia, the cult underlying their creation seems to have been the same. There can be little doubt that there were contacts between the various areas we have studied. Most likely the religion of the Great Mother, along with representations of her, were carried between the various centers by early Neolithic and Bronze Age sailors. Although the basic bodily forms of these two women are clearly indicated, their forms are radically simplified with an elegance that rivals that of contemporary sculptors like Brancusi.

Caption: CYCLADIC | Cycladic idol. | Cycladic | Aegean

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