The Fate of Cycladic Figures: Materialism v. Intellectualism


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The Fate of Cycladic Figures: Materialism v. Intellectualism
There are times when academic archeological interest in antiquities and the aesthetic desires of collectors merge to form a common bond. However, the importance of both studying and owning an artifact goes through trends just like other cultural genres, and when a certain artistic form is coveted by both the scholar and the connoisseur, divergent purposes may occur. This dichotomy can lead to one faction warring with the other because of cross purposes. Such is the case with Cycladic figurines of ancient Greece.
Cycladic figurines are small statues from the Minoan and Mycenaean periods, c. 3300 BCE, deriving from the Cycladic people who lived in what is modern-day Greece and...
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.....jects become valued aesthetically, they are subject to diminishment via forgery, and corrupt the archeological record. Although the writing could have been pared by about 50 pages, they do make these valid points. The weakness is that it is tedious to read about every collection ad nauseam. The cross-purposes of the collector and the archeologist will continue, and the authors offer no solutions. However, artistic finds should belong to the people, and there would seem to be some way that there could be a synthesis between the intellectual and the material.
Works Cited
Gill, David, and Chippendale, Christopher. “Material and Intellectual Consequences of Esteem for Cycladic Figures.” American Journal of Archeology 97. (1993): 601-658. Print.