Ancient Mediterranean Art Essays

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Ancient Mediterranean Art
I. Description of a Cycladic female figurine Cycladic civilization is divided into three periods: Early Cycladic (3000-2000 BC), Middle Cycladic (2000-1500 BC), and Late Cycladic (1500-1100 BC). The large amount of white marble sculptures located in the Cycladic islands, especially Naxos and Paros, a place exclusively made up of female folded-arm figures. These impressive marbles seem to be a symbol of Cycladic art. These figures are the best-known and most appreciated productions of the Cycladic art. Most of the Cycladic figures represent nude females with folded arms. These figures are usually found in grave areas and were probably associated with funeral rites, but some of larger
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Furthermore, a curved area in the right side of the narrow head, somehow, was painted in a dark color. It seems that the side lock only appears on the Sepdose Variety of female arm figures. The whole figure is almost flat in shape. This figure seems to be the standing variety of the Neolithic Aegean figurines (Honolulu 138). In addition, the red and blue pigments were clearly valued by the Cycladic people. Various types of storage containers used to these kinds of pigments such as palette, jars and small clay pots. Nevertheless, the functions and meaning of these figures are still remaining mysterious and unclear. Basically, we believe that those figures served as funerary goods (Cycladic).
II. Male figures in Cycladic period Male figures also occurred in the Cycladic periods. These male figures also shared the same features of the female figurine. For instance, they both have an almond-shaped head and their facial details are in low relief. Obviously, their arms bent at the elbows with hands crossing their stomach and legs are set apart with horizontal position. The below figure (Fig 2) is one of the major male figures that appeared in the Cycladic period (Aegean).

II General background of Aegean Civilization Aegean Civilization, actually, developed around the period of 3000 to 1200BC (also called Bronze Age civilization). The area that Aegean civilization had covered includes Crete, the Cyclades Islands and the mainland of

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