Naxos: Cycladic Ancestors
Naxos – An Ancient Island
In the Spring of 2015, I checked off a line item on my bucket list. Visiting the island of Naxos, Greece, had long been a goal of mine. I first learned of the quaint island, while studying design at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. I was inspired by the exceptional sophistication of the female forms. Seeing the Cycladic figurines became an aspiration.
The Cycladic culture peaked between 3300-1100 BCE, but the civilization mysteriously disappeared during the Greek Dark Ages. Apparently, the ancient civilization crafted millions of these tiny figurines. Accordingly, they were experts at the techniques and skill in their design. They were able to create strikingly advanced statues with the smallest of details. Some mysteries still remain of the ancient culture, who valued intricate detail so diligently.