Cycladic Art

The collection of Cycladic antiquities of the MCA is one of the most important in the world

The Cycladic civilization flourished on the islands of the central Aegean during the Early Bronze Age (3rd millennium BC). The MCA maintains one of the largest and most complete collections of Cycladic antiquities in the world, with representative samples of marble figurines and vases, bronze weapons and tools and pottery of all phases of the Early Cycladic period.

Permanent Exhibition

The Collection Cycladic Antiquities Museum of Cycladic Art is set on the first floor of the building of the permanent collections and opened in 1986. It includes a large number of high quality marble figurines and vases, some of the earliest bronze objects in the Aegean pottery everyday and ritual use, etc. most of which are placed in the 3rd millennium BC It also includes:

  • highly sculptured marble bottles, plates, cups and zoomorphic vessels,
  • marble standards,
  • metal objects, such as bronze tools and weapons, leaden figurines and a small silver vessel,
  • symbolic objects such as frying vessels, which are decorated with incised motifs reminiscent of the sea, the stars and female fertility,
  • the so-called "Treasure of Keros".

One of the most important objects exposed here is the NG 724 female figurine Early Cycladic II period, with a height of 1.40 meters. This makes it the second largest in the world and known as "Vase Pigeon" (NG 329), held also prominently in the report, is the largest and most complete example poppet plate sculpted birds have been found to date.

Cycladic Themes


Peggy Sotirakopoulou

Nikos Papadimitriou
MCA curator

Maria Toli

kathleen Kemezis
Trainee graduate archeology (2006)