Cycladic Religion and Marble Figures
Attempts to penetrate the mystery of marble figures from the Cyclades and their relation to the religious beliefs of those ancient people.
# 65580 | 3,125 words | 7 sources | MLA | 2005 |
Published on May 13, 2006 in Archaeology (Ancient History and Mediterranean) , Art (History) , Art (Sculpture)
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This essay surveys the literature for opinions on the purpose of the mysterious and appealing marble figures of the Bronze Age in the Aegean islands of the Cyclades. Since the sculptors left no writing, scholars are left to speculate based on evidence from nearby cultures. Arguments from many scholars are compared to try to find the best solutions to the problem. The paper includes photographs of the figures.
From the Paper:"Van Schaik points to the fact that too few of the figures were found outside of burial contexts for the figures to be a assigned to a cult of the Mother Goddess like the one in Anatolia. However, as stated earlier, the similarity in form of the Cycladic figures to those of Anatolia cannot be discounted, whether or not one believes that they serve the same purpose".
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