Early Cycladic culture evolved in three phases, from c. 3300 until 2000 BC, when it was increasingly influenced by Minoan Crete, to the south. The Late Neolithic and Early Bronze Age Cycladic culture is best known for its schematic, flat idols (intended to be lying down) carved out of pure white marble centuries before Minoan culture arose.
Collection of marble Cycladic Figurines, Cycladic Islands, 2300 BC, Early Bronze Age. British Museum. Conical collection. style: folded arms, standing on toes, long noses - they come in all sizes. Usually found in graves. Purpose unknown. Appear to be made for lying flat. All conical shaped figurines are female. Large figurine is pregnant, & some have lines across their stomachs to show child birth. We have no written evidence for purpose since this was a preliterate society
Discovered in 1908, the Phaistos Disc is a disk of fired clay from the Minoan palace of Phaistos on the Greek island of Crete, possibly dating to the middle or late Minoan Bronze Age. It is about 6 in. in diameter and covered on both sides with a spiral of stamped symbols. Its purpose and meaning, and even its original geographical place of manufacture, remain disputed, making it one of the most famous mysteries of archaeology.
Janus-head flask, 1st century A.D., eastern Mediterranean. Glass, 3 7/16 in. high. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 2003.474 The god Janus has two faces, one looking back at the past, and one looking forward towards the future.