Aegean Waves: Artworks of the Early Cycladic Culture in the Museum of Cycladic Art at Athens
Late Neolithic and Early Bronze Age Cycladic culture is best known for its flat female idols carved out of the islands’ pure white marble. This beautiful illustrated book explores these periods in Cycladic culture and how the natural environment of the islands shaped its art. It also addresses the settlements of these periods and the artifacts produced by their potters, marble-carvers, and metalworkers. Maps are interspersed throughout the text, along with a chronological table, plans of known settlements, cemeteries, and individual tombs, as well as photographs of archaeological digs and landscapes by well-known photographers. Items from the Museum’s Collection are also presented, followed by commentary and comprehensive text that venture at the items’ probable significance and functions.
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Early Cycladic Culture
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11th millennium BC 3rd millennium BC Aegean Amorgos anatomical details artefacts Asia Minor Ayia Irini body burials canonical figurines Chalandriani characteristic cist graves cladic clay vases cm from Marangou copper Crete Cycladic Art Cycladic culture Cycladic figurines Cycladic II period Cycladic islanders cylindrical depict Doumas Early Bronze Age Early Cycladic culture examples female figures female figurine Canonical figurine Canonical type frying-pan vessel grave offerings Height incised decoration indicated jewellery Kastri Kastri phase Kavos Kavos on Keros known krateriskos Kythnos Late Neolithic period mainland Greece male figures Marble female figurine marble figurines marble vases Melos metal Minoan motifs Museum of Cycladic Naxos neck obsidian paint Phylakopi pigments Plastiras type plate pottery pyxides pyxis rare rendering ritual sauceboat schematic figurines schist sculpture settlements silver Skarkos slab sometimes Spedos variety Early spherical stone vases surface Syros tombs Transitional Early Cycladic types of vases underside usually variety Early Cycladic walls