Idols, 2700-2300 BCIdols, 2700-2300 BC


Prehistoric Greek statuettes of this variety are termed ‘idols', a word derived from the Greek eidolon (‘image'). Many idols have been found on the islands in the Aegean, especially the Cyclades.

Mysterious figures

The statuettes seem very stylized, but in fact they are not. Details such as mouths and eyes were painted on and have now faded away entirely. Most of the idols represent recumbent women. Their purpose remains mysterious; some believe they were fertility symbols or images of the dead. In any case, they are found in graves.

  • Material: marble
  • Date: 2700-2300 BC

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