When researching sculptures during the Archaic period in the 6th-5th Century BC, the literature focuses specifically on Greek sculptures. This is because of the large variety of Greek sculptures across Sicily varying in artistic ability and symbolic meaning. There is also a greater knowledge of the Greek culture, which leads to more interest in the life of the Greek Sicilians. This is due to Greece’s colonization of Sicily, which brought an influx of art and culture that was deemed superior to the native Sicilians’. This concentration on the Greek culture has caused the culture and art of the Sicels, the native people inhabiting Sicily at the time of the arrival of Greeks, to be unintentionally neglected. This is mostly because there are very few known statues that are archaeologically significant. Through few statues remain, there is still more to learn from them about the religion, artistic ability, and culture of the Natives, who did not left behind any kind of written documents.
Michael Lee, Bates College
"In Search of the Mother Goddess: Native Sculptures of Archaic Sicily (6th -5th Century BC),"
The Compass: Vol. 1
, Article 3.
Available at: http://scholarworks.arcadia.edu/thecompass/vol1/iss3/3