Marble seated harp player

Period: Late Early Cycladic I–Early Cycladic II

Date: 2800–2700 B.C.

Culture: Cycladic

Medium: Marble

Dimensions: H. with harp 11 1/2 in. (29.21 cm)

Classification: Stone

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1947

Accession Number: 47.100.1

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 151
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.


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

[Until 1947, with Joseph Brummer, New York]; 1945, lent to the Metropolitan Museum by Joseph Brummer; acquired in 1947, purchased from the estate of Joseph Brummer.
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