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.
Originals of this Cycladic fertility idol are also known as a 'Kususra type' figurines, dating back to 3500 BC. Typically flat, she has a tripartite structure consisting of a disc-shaped head, an elongated neck, and wide child-bearing hips emphasized by the triangular pubic area defined by an incised groove.
This schematic representation of the female form is remarkable for its simplicity and abstract quality.
She is 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. She is mounted on a marble base.
bronze Cycladic figurine
- brands Koulouria
- Code: BC-18
- Status: In Stock
- excl tax: £33.33