Kallos Gallery

A Cycladic marble kandila

Grotta Pelos phase, Early Cycladic I,

Circa 3000-2800 BC

18.4cm high

A Cycladic marble kandila

Grotta Pelos phase, Early Cycladic I,

Circa 3000-2800 BC

18.4cm high

 

The Early Bronze Age culture of the Cyclades islands in Greece is renowned for its unique white marble vessels and idols. The marble kandila is a fine example from the Grotta-Pelos phase. Carved from glowing white marble, the effort to hollow out these stone vessels must have been considerable. Kandiles take their name from the modern Greek word for ‘lamp’, because their shape resembled that of sanctuary lamps found in Greek orthodox churches. In the ancient world it is believed that these vessels may have been used as containers to carry and transport precious oils or wine.

 

LITERATURE

For a kandila of similar form, see Getz-Gentle, P., Stone Vessels of the Cyclades in the Early Bronze Age, Pennsylvania, 1996, pl.18d3

PROVENANCE

French private collection, 1970s

With Jean-Philippe Mariaud de Serres, Paris, 1990s

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