Cycladic & Anatolian Art

In Focus: Inspired by Art

Did you know that many of the artists at the forefront of modernism and the modernist aesthetic such as Henry Moore, and Barbara Hepworth were inspired by neolithic, pre-historic art? Continuing from our modernist sculptors, we go even further back in time to look at Cycladic and Anatolian art in this edition of In Focus: Inspired by Art series.

A Brief History of Cycladic Art

Cycladic art dates from c. 3300 to 1100 BCE and concerns a selection of marble doll-like sculptures found around the islands of the Aegean sea. Experts continue to debate¬†whether they were sculpted for religious, ritualistic purposes but even so their minimal and smooth forms suggest a very modern sensibility towards art. (Or maybe modern sensibilities were shaped by pre-historic culture?) Most figurines are female, posed with their arms crossed underneath their chest suggesting that they might’ve been fertility symbols. The few male figures that have been found are often playing instruments or sitting down – who knows what they symbolised!

Anatolian Sculpture: The Guennol Stargazer

Sculptures from the Western Anatolian region (what we know as modern Turkey today) share many of the same stylistic features as the sculptures found on the Aegean islands, but in contrast, they are more voluptuous and geometric in shape. The best example, and the most beautiful, is the Guennol Stargazer

Sold by Christie’s for at approx. $3 million dollars, The Guennol Stargazer is one of the most beautiful sculptures of the Kiliya type to be excavated in modern times. Dating from the Chalcolithic period, between 3000 and 2200 BC, this particular statue is named the stargazer because of its slightly tilted head and whimsical facial features. No one really knows what these female marble statues were used for (many have been excavated with their heads ritually broken) but they have been admired across the centuries for their abstract, minimalist form and have been known to inspire modernists like Brancusi, Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth.

Kiliya Lamp

Taking direct inspiration from the Guennol Stargazer, we designed this beautiful wooden Kiliya Lamp. Polished in American Cherry, this lamp is a stylish addition to the home

Kiliya Lamp, iqrupandritz.com