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www.epalladioartworkshop.com... - cycladic civilization 3200 BC - 2000BC
In the Early Bronze Age, which begins in c. 3200 BC, there appeared an important civilization on the Cycladic Islands in the central Aegean Sea, at the crossroads of the great civilizations of the East---Egyptian, Minoan, Persian, etc. One of the most distinguishing creations of this civilization was what are now called the Cycladic figures. These fascinating and enigmatic forms have great aesthetic power in their very simplicity. The majority of the figures depict female forms, the prototypes of which seem to originate in the Neolithic Period. Cycladic figures undergo significant changes in shape and form during the period from 3200 B.C. to 2000 B.C.
The first phase in the development of Cycladic figures is called the “Clay Grottas” civilization, extending from 3200 B.C. to 2800 B.C. ...The next phase of Cycladic Civilization is called the Kerou Sirou civilization period, which extends between 2800 B.C. to 2200 B.C. ...The development of Cycladic idols ends in this third phase, called Phylaci Civilization, and dating from 2200 B.C. to 2000 B.C. This period marks the gradual decline in production of Cycladic figures. After 2000 B.C., there are no more Cycladic forms.
www.huntfor.com... - Cycladic culture - Early Bronze Age (About 3000-2200 B.C.)
The Cycladic civilization of the Aegean Sea flourished at about the same time as the early Egyptian and Mesopotamian civilizations. That is considered the forerunner of the first truly European civilization - Greece.
...The sculpture produced there was very unique compared to the art being produced by the Egyptians and Mesopotamians. These sculptures, commonly called Cycladic idols, were often used as grave offerings. Characteristic of that sculpture is that all were made of Parian marble, with its geometric, two-dimensional nature, which has a strangely modern familiarity. The Cycladic artists made obvious attempts to represent the human form. Therefore, Cycladic sculpture can safely be called the first truly great sculpture in Greece.
arthistory.suite101.com... - Art of the Cyclades: Female Idol Sculpture
The prehistoric Cycladic culture made distinctive and strange yet elegant statues of an almost extraterrestrial beauty.
The Cyclades is a group of thirty small Greek islands and numerous islets in the middle of the Aegean Sea. The Cycladic culture was once active here between 3200 and 2000 B.C.; what little we know about this society comes in large part from the art they left behind.
Originally posted by DarkSide
Looks like a little clay statue depicting some kind of god or spirit...