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1 The significance of the idol from Amorgos is that it represents a fertility goddess and a mother This piece is just more proof that Aegean art represented daily life This idol was one of the first realistic impressions of a nude female figure The origins of the idol from Amorgos came from Asia Minor and East Asia but is most often seen in Cycladic art The idol is a rather primitive sculpture but has angular and abstract qualities It has a flat wedge shaped body a strong and column like neck and an almost featureless face The lack of features shows the insignificance of beauty The only feature on the face is a ridge like nose In Egyptian times the nose was the soul of the statue and if it was cut off the statue lost its soul There are many other fertility idols from prehistoric civilizations Lascaux Willendorf etc The idol from Amorgos was very different from its prehistoric counterparts The Venus of Willendorf had accentuated hips and bust Most of the prehistoric fertility idols had a striking resemblance to the Venus of Willendorf The idol from Amorgos though is much more elegant and sophisticated than the prehistoric idols Most of the prehistoric idols are made from stone and were rough The idol from Amorgos is made out marble and was a polished to have a smooth texture making it more refined and graceful 2 Though all 3 cultures were established in the same area and era Minoan Cycladic and Mycenaean art were very varied Cycladic art was angular and was more abstract like the idol from Amorgos Sculptures are refined more so than Paleolithic or primitive art Cycladic sculptors were also one of the first to make life size sculptures of nude female figures The were also the first to suppress the traditional aspects of fertility in their fertility idols In Minoan art there was a constant marine
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