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Cycladic Footed Cup

Hellenic Museum, Melbourne - Joy of Museums - Cycladic Footed Cup

This “Cycladic Footed Cup” is a cup intended as a funerary offering during the Early Cycladic Period. This type of cup was a common Cycladic example and sits on a chalice-shaped foot. These types of Footed Cups may have complemented other Cycladic sculptures in funerary offering and religious services.

Cycladic marble sculptures originated from the ancient Cycladic Culture which flourished in the islands of the Aegean Sea from c. 3300 to 1100 BCE. The best-known art of this period and culture are the marble figures usually called Cycladic “idols” or “figurines”.

Hellenic Museum, Melbourne - Joy of Museums - Cycladic Figurine

Cycladic Figurine

The Cyclades is a group of Greek islands, southeast of the mainland in the Aegean Sea. It centres on the island of Delos, considered the birthplace of Apollo and is home to some of Greece’s most important archaeological ruins.

Aegean Sea with island groups labeled

In more recent time, artists such as Picasso, Matisse and Moore respected and collected Cycladic art as models of how one can create emotionally charged yet highly abstracted forms.

Other historical antiquities at the Hellenic Museum, Melbourne include:

Essential Facts:

  • Name:                 Cycladic Footed Cup
  • Date:                    2700 -2300 BCE
  • Period:                Early Cycladic II
  • Material:            Marble
  • Museum:            Hellenic Museum, Melbourne

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Photo Credit: By GordonMakryllos (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons