PERMANENT EXHIBITION

Cycladic Art

The collection of Cycladic antiquities of the MCA is one of the most important in the world

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The Museum of Cycladic Art houses one of the most complete private collections of Cycladic art worldwide, with representative examples of figurines and vases, tools, weapons, and pottery from all phases of the distinctive Cycladic island culture that flourished in the central Aegean during the Early Bronze Age (third millennium BC). 

Marble carving is the most characteristic product of Cycladic culture, and the abstract forms of its figurines have influenced several twentieth and twenty-first century artists, such as Constantin Brancusi, Amedeo Modigliani, Alberto Giacometti, Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore, and Ai Weiwei. 

Although Cycladic marble figurines and vases appeal to the modern viewer for their almost translucent whiteness, their creators loved colour and used it liberally on these objects for both practical and symbolic reasons.

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INSIDE THE EXHIBITION

The Cycladic Art Collection is set on the first floor of the building of the permanent collections and opened in 1986. It includes a large number of high quality marble figurines and vases, some of the earliest bronze objects in the Aegean pottery everyday and ritual use, etc. most of which are placed in the 3rd millennium BC

It also includes:

| Highly sculptured marble bottles, plates, cups and zoomorphic vessels,
| Marble standards,
| Metal objects, such as bronze tools and weapons, leaden figurines and a small silver vessel,
| Symbolic objects such as frying vessels, which are decorated with incised motifs reminiscent of the sea, the stars and female fertility,
| The so-called "Treasure of Keros".

One of the most important objects exposed here is the NG 724 female figurine Early Cycladic II period, with a height of 1.40 meters. This makes it the second largest in the world and known as "Vase Pigeon" (NG 329), held also prominently in the report, is the largest and most complete example poppet plate sculpted birds have been found to date.

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AUTHORS

Peggy Sotirakopoulou
Archaeologist

Nikos Papadimitriou
MCA curator

Maria Toli
Archaeologist

kathleen Kemezis
Trainee graduate archeology (2006)

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