Torso of a flute player

  • Collection Number ΝΓ0246
  • Date Early Cycladic II - Syros Phase
    2800 - 2300
  • Description The standing position, the unusually long neck and the extended arms of this fragment suggest that it may have belonged to a figurine of a musician, namely a flute-player. As we know from intact examples, flute-players were always males and hold a wind instrument to the mouth. The instrument could be a double flute or a pan-pipe. Apart from standing flute-players, Cycladic sculptors produced also figurines of seated musicians, who played an instrument very similar to the harp - hence the name "harpists". In typological terms, all figurines of musicians belong to the Kapsala or early Spedos variety and date to the early stages of the Early Cycladic II period.
  • Culture Cycladic
  • Period Early Bronze Age
  • Material marble
  • Dimensions H: 12.6 cm / W: 6.7 cm
  • Exhbition Gallery 1st floor / Cycladic Art