“The legacy of identity politics has produced a problematic language idealism where we focus more on correct words and phrases rather than the material basis of oppression… And even in the moment where we imagine we are indeed combatting real world oppression we are, in fact, simply engaging with the level of appearance. […] This language idealism becomes nothing but a self-righteous exercise when it refuses to contemplate a praxis of mass pedagogy based on actually changing the material circumstances and instead focuses on anti-oppression training, atomized concepts of privilege, and how to speak correctly.”
Cycladic figures (like the one above) range in size from a few inches to more than five feet tall, and share a number of general characteristics: usually female with small carved breasts, their necks are elongated and cylindrical, the heads are oval-shaped and tiled back, and usually only the nose is carved, their arms are most often folded and their legs are together.. Many of the figures appear to have been painted. Hundreds of cycladic figures have been found scattered across the Cyclades Islands, in the Aegean Sea off the coast of Greece.
The purpose of the figurines are not known. Some have been excavated in homes on the islands, others were clearly exported to nearby regions. Since so many were found in graves, it is speculated they had something to do with death. However, since some larger cycladic figures were broken to fit into smaller graves, they were likely made for other purposes as well, and then put into graves.