CYCLADIC ART COLLECTION

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CRUCIFORM FIGURINE

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Description

Cruciform figurines have most probably developed from the stump-like figurines of the preceding Neolithic period, but are thinner and more slender than their predecessors. They have a high neck, disproportionately large flattish head slightly tilted back, extended arms, and legs bent at the knees or in a squatting posture.

Some of them bear suspension-hole in the upper part of the head and were apparently worn as pendants. They probably reflect religious beliefs about fertility and re-generation. They may have been linked with the cult of the Great Mother Goddess or with practices associated with childbirth.

Chalcolithic period (3900-2500 BC)

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Code

00305/0669

Material

Replica in resin

Dimensions

3cm X 6.5cm

Quantity


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