Marble seated harp player

Late Early Cycladic I–Early Cycladic II
2800–2700 B.C.
H. with harp 11 1/2 in. (29.21 cm)
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1947
Accession Number:
  • Description

    A male figure playing a stringed instrument sits on a high-backed chair. This work is one of the earliest of the small number of known representations of musicians. It is distinguished by the sensitive modeling of the arms and hands.

  • Provenance

    From the Cyclades (Wace 1949, p. 426).

    1945, lent to the Metropolitan Museum by Joseph Brummer; acquired July 11, 1947, purchased from the estate of Joseph Brummer.

  • References

    Wace, A. J. B. 1949. "Prehistoric Stone Figurines from the Mainland." Commemorative studies in honor of Theodore Leslie Shear, Hesperia Supplement, 8. Baltimore: American School of Classical Studies at Athens, p. 426.

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, pp. 15, 166, pl. 6.

    von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1964. Guide to the Collections: Greek and Roman Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 2, fig. 2.

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1966. The Furniture of the Greeks, Etruscans and Romans. London: Phaidon Press, p. 11, fig. 33.

    Getz-Preziosi, Pat, Saul S. Weinberg, and Gladys Davidson Weinberg. 1970. "Evidence for Painted Details in Early Cycladic Sculpture." Antike Kunst, 13: pp. 10-11, fig. 11, pls. 5-6.

    Forsyth, William H. and The International Confederation of Dealers in Works of Art. 1974. "Acquisitions from the Brummer Gallery." The Grand Gallery at the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Sixth International Exhibition presented by C.I.N.O.A.. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 4.

    Badisches Landesmuseum Karlsruhe. 1977. Art and Culture of the Cyclades in the Third Millennium B.C., Brinna Otto and Jürgen Thimme, eds. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, no. 253.

    von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1978. Antichnoe iskusstvo iz muzeia Metropoliten, Soedinennye Shtaty Ameriki: Katalog vystavki. Moscow: Sovetskii Khudozhnik, no. 1, pl. 1.

    Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1979. Greek Art of the Aegean Islands. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, no. 4, p. 48.

    Getz-Preziosi, Pat. 1980. "The Male Figure in Early Cycladic Sculpture." Metropolitan Museum Journal, 15: no. 9, pp. 5, 7, 11-15, figs. 14, 16-19.

    Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1987. Greece and Rome. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, no. 1, p. 14.

    Getz-Preziosi, Pat. 1987. Sculptors of the Cyclades: Individual and Tradition in the Third Millennium B.C.. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, pl. IIIA.

    Picón, Carlos A. 1992. "Recent Acquisitions, A Selection: 1991-1992." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 50(2): no. 4, p. 31.

    1994. Metropolitan Museum of Art Guide: Works of Art Selected by Philippe De Montebello. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

    Mertens, Joan R. 1998. "Some Long Thoughts on Early Cycladic Sculpture." Metropolitan Museum Journal, 33: pp. 10-1, fig. 6.

    Getz-Preziosi, Pat. 2001. Personal Styles in Early Cycladic Sculpture. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, p. 174, pl. 21.

    Mertens, Joan R. 2002. "Cycladic Art in the Metropolitan Museum. Antecedents and Acquisitions." Silent Witnesses: Early Cycladic Art of the Third Millennium BC, Christos G. Doumas, ed. New York: The Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation (USA), Inc, p. 16, 18, fig. d.

    Craxton, John and Peter Warren. 2004. "A Neocycladic Harpist?." Material Engagements: Studies in Honour of Colin Renfrew, Neil Brodie and C. Hills, eds. Cambridge: McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, pp. 109-13, pl. 8.1.

    Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, no. 4, pp. 31, 409.

    Caubet, Annie, Pat Getz-Preziosi, and Alain Pasquier. 2011. Zervos et l'art des Cyclades. Vézelay: Museé Zervos, p. 20, fig. 12, Incorrectly identified with accession number 47.11.18.

    Metropolitan Museum of Art. 2012. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Guide. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 61.

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