Cycladic Period Woman’s Idol made of Softstone.
The Cycladic Period (3200-1100 BC) coincides with the Early Bronze Age in Cyclades Islands. It is also called Cycladic Period. The name Cyclades used by ancient Greek writers to describe the dense cluster of small islands that form an invisible circle around Delos, the sacred island and place of worship of Apollo. These islands were the cradle of an important culture, the Cycladic Civilization, that flourished in the 3rd millennium BC.
The Cycladic figurines depict women and is undoubtelly the most typical examples of this period. The meaning and use are still puzzled archaeologists because of the absense of adequate data. It is a common belief that these figurines refer directly to the concept of fertility. The nudity and the emphatic stetement of the breast and vulva reinforce this belief. Additionally in some figurines the belly area appers swollen (symbolizing pregnancy) or horizontal incisions in the abdomen (symbolizing confinement).