A Cycladic Violin-Shaped Figure

23 March 2020

This 18.5 cm high white marble statuette comes from Greece and more precisely from the Cyclades archipelago. It dates from about 3000 to 2800 BC. Its state of preservation is incredible when we know how fragile it is.

The islanders of the Cyclades believed in an afterlife and these statuettes were part of the funerary material accompanying the deceased.

The female shape symbolizes the protective figure,  nature,  life, death and regeneration.

The carvers of these figurines worked with stone tools and their know-how was passed down from father to son.

Schematic violin-shaped figure, attributed to the so-called Metropolitan Museum Master, Greece, Cyclades Archipelago, Early Cycladic I (c. 3000-2800 BC). White marble. H. 18.5 cm. Former Jouvenel collection, c. 1900; acquired by Josef Mueller before 1939. Inv. 202-4. Musée Barbier-Mueller, photo Studio Ferrazzini Bouchet.

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