Cycladic Figurine Head, Ashtray

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We created this particular ashtray inspired by the minimal shape of the marble Ηead of the Cycladic figurine. The shape of the head and features show that it probably comes from a Cycladic marble figurine that of the folded hands type, dating between 2800 - 2100 BC. This gift proposal can also be used in your office to keep your paper clips or any other small items in order.

Dimensions:10,5 cm x 10,5 cm x 2,5 cm

Ashtray: Recycled Aluminum

Cycladic head: Solid Brass

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The marble figures usually called "idols" or "figurines are the best-known shapes of the Cycladic Art that flourished during the early Bronze Age in the Aegean. The “Cycladic figurines” evolved in the Cyclades, in the period between 3200 and 2200 BC and continued to be produced until 2000 BC.

The marble figurines vary in sizes and style. The most common are the figures with the folded arms, known as the “canonical” type figurines, which usually represent nude female figures with the arms folded above the abdomen.

The figurines have lyre-shaped heads with wide foreheads, angular shoulders and incisions indicating the arms, the pubic triangle and the joints. They often seem to be lying down and to be in the state of pregnancy.

The nose is the only feature that is strongly indicated at the heads of the "folded-arm" figurines, while other parts, like the ears are often engraved or embossed.

However, pigments were used to denote facial features, such as the eyes and the hair, while it is speculated that some idols might have been decorated with silver jewelry.

The meaning and function of the figurines is most likely connected to the religious beliefs of the prehistoric Aegean civilizations. It is assumed that they are representative of the "Mother goddess", a symbol of fertility and rebirth. They have been variously interpreted as idols of the gods, images of death, children's dolls, and other things.

2800-2100 BC
Dimensions (WxHxD):
10,5 cm x 10,5 cm x 2,5 cm
Gross Weight:
435 gr
Gift packaging - Description Greek & English
335 gr

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