Original Cycladic figurines, carved in marble, were produced during the third millennium BC. They are remarkable for their abstract simplicity, which is believed to have inspired modern day artists such as Pablo Picasso and Henry Moore.
Cycladic art originates from the Cyclades, a group of islands in the southwestern Aegean, comprising some thirty small islands, including Naxos and Paros, which were known for the quality of their marble. The ancient Greeks called these islands the Kyklades, imagining them as a circle (kyklos) around the sacred island of Delos, the site of the holiest sanctuary to Apollo and the island thought to be the birthplace of the god and his twin sister Artemis. Our collection of Cycladic figures are reproductions of originals in the National Archaeological Museum in Athens and in the Museum of Cycladic Art in Athens.
This particular bronze figurine is a copy of an original found in the so-called 'Keros Hoard', excavated on the now uninhabited Cycladic island of Keros, where at least 350 figurines of the 'canonical type' were found and date to the Early Cycladic II period (2800-2300 BC). These originals were taken out of Greece in the 1950's and distributed to various museums and private collections. The fate of many of them is unknown. However, 81 of the pieces were repatriated and are now on display in the Museum of Cycladic Art, Athens.
This piece has been cast for us, in Greece, using the traditional 'lost wax' method. As nothing is mass-produced, there will inevitably be slight variations in patination and colouring. Each piece is, therefore, unique.
bronze Cycladic Keros torso
- Code: BC-37
- Status: In Stock
- excl tax: £25.00