The Neolithic Thinker continues European tour

An exhibition of over 200 Neolithic objects from Romania, Bulgaria and Moldova, including painted pottery, metalwork and gold artefacts will be seen in Athens at the Museum of Cy­cladic Art, a press release sent to Nine O’Clock informs. The exhibit’s special guest is the well known “Thinker Neo­lithic statuette.” Before the establishment of the first cities in Meso­potamia ca. 4500 BC, highly sophisticated societies with advanced technology and complex systems of symbolic representation had emerged in the south-eastern part of Europe.
Among the exhibits are impressive models of the human form, stunning painted pottery and metalwork, in­clu­ding the earliest known assemblage of gold artefacts from the cemetery of Varna. The exhibition, which is orga­nized by the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York Uni­versity, in collaboration with the Na­tional History Mu­seum of Romania. Hamangia was a Middle Neolithic culture in the Dobrod­gea to the right bank of the Danube in Muntenia and up to the northeast of Bulgaria. Pottery figurines are normally extremely stylized. The exhibit in Athens was organized with help from an extensive team of curators from most of the nation’s history museums.

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