A beautiful Cycladic idol
of timeless beauty and form from the island of Naxos.
The Cycladic civilization of the Aegean sea
flourished at about the same time as the early Egyptian and Mesopotamian civilizations (c. 3000-2000 B.C.) and is considered the forerunner of the first truly European civilization. (read more about Cycladic art...)
The sculpture produced by the artisans of the Cyclades islands was very unique compared to the art being produced by the Egyptians and Mesopotamians.
These sculptures, commonly called Cycladic idols
, were oftenused as grave offerings, which points to the obvious role of religion in society. All of the idols were made of Parian marble.