Date Latter part of 3rd millennium
Movement Aegean | Earl Cycladic II
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.