“Idol dolls” made during the Cyclades come from the Early Bronze age. It was not until after World War II that people discovered and became fascinated with them. An estimated twelve thousand graves have been opened in the Cycladic islands and a plethora of idols have been found. The Getty Harp Player is one of the most famous dolls because of the rarity of its unique style and theme. The Getty Harp Player’s fascinating detail and intriguing simplicity provokes curiosity as to what purpose the figure possessed. Licia Ragghianti, author of The Magnificent Heritage of Ancient Greece, excellantly describes the hypothetical thought process of the sculptor as he created this masterpiece. According to Ragghianti, “[He] proceeded by aligning, counterbalancing, paralleling, angling, interpenetrating, and inverting the triangular rhythms viewed both laterally and from above - with the head nose, arms and legs indicating direction - as well as from the horizontal plane of the base.” Because light filters through
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