Marble head of a figure from the Cycladic culture dated 2’700-2’500 BC.
In all probability, it is the head of a woman given that most figures of this kind were of women. Little is known of the Cycladic culture that strived during the Bronze Age in the Aegean Sea, nor of the meaning of the statues. It seems there are as many experts who say they were related to a cult, as they are who say they were not.
For us, almost 5’000 years after they were made, they are stunning for their simplicity and quiet elegance.
One may understand perhaps where contemporary sculptors such as Constantin Brâncusi, Jean Arp and even Henry Moore, may have gotten some inspiration for their clean lines and sculptures free of frills.
Figure in marble, H: 23.5 cm – via the Met, NY.