Friday, October 5, 2018

Seated Harp-Player

From The Metropolitan Museum of Art Guide, 1983 page 234.

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1 Seated Harp-Player
Cycladic, 3rd millennium B.C.

Marble; h. 111/2 in. (29.2 cm)

Little is known of the culture that flourished in the islands of the Aegean Sea known as the Cyclades. Artists of the twentieth century, how-ever, have drawn our admiring attention to these prehistoric masters. Although most Cycladic sculptures are of women, there are also some of men, and in a few cases the sculptor has abandoned the traditional pose to show musicians. This seated harp player is executed in astonish-ing detail despite the primitive tools at the sculptor's disposal. Rogers Fund, 1947, 47.100.1

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