Male Harp Player of the Early Spedos Type
Getty Conversations

A conversation with Nicole Budrovich, Curatorial Assistant, Getty Museum, and Beth Harris, Executive Director, Smarthistory, in front of Male Harp Player of the Early Spedos Type, Cyclades, 2700–2300 B.C.E, marble, 35.8 x 9.5 x 28.1 cm. Getty Museum, Los Angeles

Four thousand years ago, in the Cycladic Islands in the Aegean Sea, a sculptor carved this figure from a block of marble. The culture of this time and place had a strong oral tradition, and this sculpture begs one to wonder who this figure is, what he is singing, and who he is singing for.

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Additional resources

Pat Getz-Preziosi, Early Cycladic Sculpture, rev. ed. (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1994).

Martin van Schaik, The Marble Harp Players from the Cyclades (Utrecht: Dutch Study Group on Music Archaeology [NWM], 1998).

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Cite this page as: Nicole Budrovich and Dr. Beth Harris, "Male Harp Player of the Early Spedos Type
Getty Conversations," in Smarthistory, May 17, 2023, accessed December 2, 2023,