Harpist

Harpist

Date Latter part of 3rd millennium

Movement Aegean | Earl Cycladic II

Medium Marble

Dimensions height 8.5″

Provenance Chalandriani, Syros

Housed at Museum of Cycladic Art, Athens

 

Though the majority of these funerary objects depict females, some represent males, most of whom are depicted in reclining positions playing instruments. A cylindrical theme here plays a prevalent role in this depiction of a seated harpist. Some scholars believe these figures were created as surrogate human sacrifices, or were used solely in funerary ceremonies; some academics believe that these could have been used and enjoyed throughout the deceased lifetime, well before burial.