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Aegean Art

Aegean Art

Author: Aleisha Olson

This lesson will provide an overview of Aegean Art.

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Image of Figure of a Cycladic Woman, Photo by Xuan Che, Creative Commons,; Image of Cycladic Harp Player, Photo by Ad Meskens, Creative Public Domain via "Foto Ad Meskens",

Terms to Know
Abstraction (of the human figure)

A type of art that involves a simplification, usually into geometric shapes, of objects (bodies) seen in lived experience.


Relating to the Aegean Sea and/or the Bronze Age civilization that flourished there.

Bronze Age

A prehistoric period between the Stone Age and the Iron Age when many tools and weapons were made of bronze.


Relating to the Cyclades, a group of islands in the Aegean Sea, also used to discuss Bronze Age civilization that flourished there.

Sculpture in the Round

A type of sculpture that is completely free-standing, not attached to a flat surface.

Votive Figures

Sculptures placed in a shrine in fulfillment of a vow.