Early Cycladic Sculpture in Context [Hardback]

Marisa Marthari (Editor); Colin Renfrew (Editor); Michael Boyd (Editor)

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ISBN: 9781785701955 | Published by: Oxbow Books | Year of Publication: 2016 | Language: English 544p, H280 x W216 (mm)

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Early Cycladic Sculpture in Context


The sculpture of the Early Bronze Age Cyclades has been systematically studied since the time of Christos Tsountas at the end of the 19th century. But that study has been hampered by the circumstance that so many of the subsequent finds come from unauthorised excavations, where the archaeological context was irretrievably lost. Largely for that reason there are still many problems surrounding the chronology, the function and the meaning of Early Cycladic sculpture. This lavishly illustrated and comprehensive re-assement sets out to rectify that situation by publishing finds which have been recovered in controlled excavations in recent years, as well as earlier finds for which better documentation can now be provided. Using the material from recent excavation projects, and drawing on the papers presented at a symposium held in Athens in 2014, it is possible now to undertake a fresh overview of the entire body of sculpture from the Cycladic islands which has been found in secure archaeological contexts. Beginning with early examples from Neolithic settlement sites and extending into a consideration of material found in later contexts, the 35 chapters are divided into sections which examine sculpture from settlements, cemeteries and the sanctuary at Kavos, concluding with a discussion of material, techniques and aspects of manufacture.

Table of Contents

List of contributors
List of figures
List of tables
1 Colin Renfrew
 Early Cycladic sculpture: issues of provenance, terminology and classification
2 Marisa Marthari
 Early Cycladic sculptures as archaeological objects
Origins: The Neolithic settlements
3 Colin Renfrew
 The sculptures of Neolithic Saliagos
4 Adamantios Sampson & Vagia Mastrogiannopoulou
 Figurines from the late Neolithic settlement of Ftelia, Mykonos
5 Christina Televantou
 Figurines from Strofilas, Andros
The early phase
6 Christos Doumas
 Figurines from Akrotiri, Naxos and Plastiras, Paros
7 Jörg Rambach
 Schematic marble figurines from secure Early Cycladic I grave contexts on the islands of Ano Kouphonisi, Antiparos, Dhespotiko, Naxos, Paros and Siphnos
8 Dora Papangelopoulou
 A schematic figurine of shell from Mersinia on Kythnos
The Early Cycladic II and III settlements
9 David Wilson
 The Cycladic marble figurines from EB II Ayia Irini, Kea: evidence for ritual deposition in domestic contexts
10 Peggy Pantou
 A Fragment of an Early Cycladic figurine from the prehistoric settlement at Plakalona on Seriphos
11 Zozi D. Papadopoulou
 Sculptures from Akrotiraki, Siphnos and its cemetery
12 Marisa Marthari
 Cycladic figurines in settlements: the case of the major EC II settlement at Skarkos on Ios
 Yiannis Maniatis
 Appendix: non-invasive examination of marble figurines from Skarkos on Ios
13 Colin Renfrew
 The figurines from the settlement at Dhaskalio
14 Olga Philaniotou
 Figurines from Potamia on Epano Kouphonisi (Pandelis Tsavaris plot)
The Early Cycladic II cemeteries
15 Christos Doumas & Vassilis Lambrinoudakis
 The cemetery at Aplomata on Naxos
 Olga Philaniotou
 Appendix: pottery from the cemetery of Aplomata, Naxos
16 Irini Legaki
 Sculptures from Phionda, Naxos
17 Christos Doumas
 Sculptures from Aghioi Anargyroi and Avdeli, Naxos
18 Olga Philaniotou
 Sculptures from the cemetery of Tsikniades, Naxos
19 Giorgos Gavalas
 Marble figurines from sites on Epano and Kato Kouphonisi
20 Marisa Marthari
 Figurines in context at the Chalandriani cemetery on Syros
 Yiannis Maniatis
 Appendix: non-invasive examination of marble objects from Chalandriani, Syros
21 Lena Papazoglou-Manioudaki
 The Early Cycladic figurines from the excavations of Clon Stephanos on Syros and a note on his work on Naxos: towards context
 Dimitris Tambakopoulos & Yiannis Maniatis
 Appendix: optical examination of 14 Cycladic figurines from Syros
The sanctuary (the special deposits) at Kavos, Keros
22 Photeini Zapheiropoulou
 The complete canonical sculpture of Spedos variety from Dhaskalio Kavos on Keros
23 Peggy Sotirakopoulou, Colin Renfrew & Michael J. Boyd
 Selected sculptural fragments from the Special Deposit North at Kavos on Keros
24 Colin Renfrew
 The figurine fragments recovered from the Special Deposit North at Kavos in 1987
25 Giorgos Gavalas
 The stone vessels found at Dhaskalio Kavos in 1987
26 Colin Renfrew & Michael Boyd
 Selected sculptural fragments from the Special Deposit South at Kavos on Keros
27 Judit Haas-Lebegyev
 Marble and other spools from the excavations at Dhaskalio and the Special Deposit South at Kavos, Keros (2006-2008), and related Cycladic finds
Sites with Early Cycladic sculptures in later deposits
28 Stella Katsarou & Demetrius U. Schilardi
 Recontextualized Neolithic and Early Cycladic figurines at the acropolis of Koukounaries, Paros
29 Carol R. Hershenson & John C. Overbeck
 Early Cycladic figurines in later contexts at Ayia Irini, Kea
30 Colin Renfrew & Michael Boyd
 The marble sculptures from Phylakopi on Melos
31 Christos Doumas
 Early Cycladic sculptures from the settlement at Akrotiri, Thera
32 Robin Barber
 Terracotta figurines from Mikre Vigla, Naxos
Material, technique and manufacture
33 Dimitris Tambakopoulos & Yannis Maniatis
 The marble of the Cyclades and its use in the early Βronze Αge
34 Yiannis Papadatos & Epaminondas Venieris
 An experimental approach to the manufacture of Cycladic-type figurines with folded arms: preliminary observations
35 Kiki Birtacha
 Examining the paint on Cycladic figurines

Reviews & Quotes

"Highly recommended. Research libraries, advanced undergraduates through faculty and professionals."
B.A. Ault
Choice (30/03/2018)

"All in all, the whole book is a very important contribution for the understanding of Early Cycladic figurines."
Bernhard F. Steinmann
Gnomon (17/04/2018)

"The editors and authors of this volume must be congratulated not only for the much-needed filling of a gap in our knowledge but also for their tremendous efforts in highlighting once more the importance of archaeological context… Together, the volumes will undoubtedly change the way we talk and think about Early Cycladic objects - because context matters."
Yannis Galanakis
The Art Newspaper

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