This section contains various idols and statues from ancient Cycladic culture.
The Cycladic civilization is an ancient civilization that flourished from 3300-2000 BCE in the islands of the Aegean Sea. Because of the location of the Cycladic civilization, its art is similar to that of the Greek mainland and Crete. Cycladic art is considered to be one of the three main branches of Aegean art, along with that of the Minoans and Mycenaeans. The most famous art of this period are the Cycladic statues, also known as “idols” or “figurines.”
Although the purpose of Cycladic statues is still unclear, some experts believe that they were used primarily for religious functions and idol worship. Archeological evidence suggests that these statues were often used in funeral practices because they have been found in graves. Some evidence also suggests that they were cherished by the living and were not made specifically for burials because the statues show clear signs of repair.
At Sadigh Gallery, we carry an impressive selection of Cycladic statues. Most of them are of the Late Spedos Variety, with a stylized body and arms crossed at the waist. Like most Cycladic statues, our figures are usually representations of the female human form. We carry statues made of black basalt with detailed faces and long hair, headless statues made of marble, and other varieties.