Timeless Resonance from Ancient Cyprus

Cruciform pendant from Cyprus,
3900-2500 BCE. H: 3.9 cm. Museum of Cycladic Art

This sweet little stone carving from ancient Cyprus at first appears to be a single standing figure with outstretched arms. But look closer and you’ll see that the horizontal element is actually another smaller figure, possibly a child being supported in its mother’s arm. The hole in the forehead suggests that it was worn as a pendant. Although we’ll never know for certain its original purpose, that detracts not a bit from its quiet, timeless appeal.