Some of the most interesting Cycladic figurines represent men and women playing musical instruments, drinking, holding each other, or simply sitting, sometimes cross-legged, as if witnessing some event. The “harpist” and “flutist” figurines provide evidence of both musical instruments and music as entertainment in the third millennium BC.
Although we do not know what Cycladic music sounded like, it probably played an important role in social gatherings; after all, music is still associated with drinking and dancing. The “cup bearer” indicates that social drinking was probably practiced in the third millennium BC, whereas the pecked representation of three human figures in what appears to be dancing attitudes suggests that music and dance might be connected with daily or ritual events.
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