Joy of Museums Virtual Tours

Virtual Tours of Museums, Art Galleries, and Historic Sites

Head of a Cycladic Statue, Keros-Syros Culture

Head of a Cycladic Statue, Keros-Syros Culture - National Archaeological Museum, Athens

Head of a Cycladic Statue, Keros-Syros Culture

This head of a Cycladic Statue is similar to the ancient Cycladic art that flourished in the islands of the Aegean Sea from c. 3300 to 1100 BCE.

The Cycladic culture is one of three dominant Aegean cultures along with the Minoan and Mycenaean civilizations.

This marble head highlights the critical sculptured features of the nose, ears, and mouth.

The face is typical of the elongated oval Cycladic faces and is set on a long neck, which may have been broken off a larger body.

The sculpture has evidence of painted eyes and red vertical striations on the right check.

This 4,500-years-old sculpture was created by the Keros-Syros culture, which is named after two islands in the Cyclades, Keros, and Syros. 

This culture flourished during the Early Cycladic II period (ca 2700-2300 BC) of the Cycladic civilization.

The trade relations of this culture spread far and wide from the Greek mainland to Crete and Asia Minor.

The Keros-Syros culture is well represented by many cemeteries on Amorgos, where this sculpture was found. 

Amorgos is the easternmost island of the Cyclades island group, and during the Early Cycladic period, Amorgos had many inhabited centers and was the origin of many famous Cycladic figurines.

Head of a Cycladic Statue, Keros-Syros Culture

  • Name:        Head of a Cycladic Statue, Keros-Syros Culture
  • Date:          2800 – 2300 BC
  • Period:       Early Cycladic II
  • Material:    Parian Marble
  • Culture:      Keros-Syros culture
  • Find site:    Amorgos
  • Museum:   National Archaeological Museum, Athens

A Tour of the National Archaeological Museum, Athens


Cycladic Society 5000 years ago

Cycladic civilization 5000 years old


“Time is the wisest counselor of all.”
– Pericles


Photo Credit: JOM

Popular this Week

Museums, Art Galleries & Historical Sites - Virtual Tours
Japanese Proverbs, Quotes, and Sayings
Greek Proverbs, Quotes, and Sayings
Ancient Artifacts - Virtual Tour
Korean Proverbs, Quotes, and Sayings
Russian Proverbs and Quotes
Ancient Egyptian Art and Artifacts - Virtual Tour
Christian Art and Biblical Paintings
Mesopotamian Art and Artifacts - Virtual Tour
Mexican Proverbs, Quotes, and Sayings