Male Harp Player of the Early Spedos type

Unknown2700 - 2300 B.C.

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

The vast majority of Cycladic sculptures represent standing or reclining female figures. Only five percent of the figures are males; unlike the females, most males are depicted doing something, often playing an instrument. Fewer than a dozen of these male harpists are known, and this example is by far the largest. This harp player, seated on a four legged stool, is also unusual in that, unlike the others, he does not actually play his harp; he merely holds it, resting its soundbox on his thigh.


  • Title: Male Harp Player of the Early Spedos type
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date: 2700 - 2300 B.C.
  • Location Created: Cyclades, Greece
  • Physical Dimensions: 35.8 x 9.5 x 28.1 cm (14 1/8 x 3 3/4 x 11 1/16 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Marble
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Villa Collection, Malibu, California
  • Object Type: Male figure
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 85.AA.103
  • Display Location: Currently on view at: Getty Villa, Gallery 217, Neolithic and Bronze Age Arts
  • Department: Antiquities
  • Culture and Date: Cycladic, 2700 - 2300 B.C.
  • Culture: Cycladic
  • Classification: Sculpture

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