Female Worshiper

Female Worshiper

c. 1600-1500 BC

Bronze

Overall: 14 cm (5 1/2 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 2002.89

Fun Fact

The shaved head with prominent locks of hair indicates that this female votive figure is an adolescent.

Description

This extremely rare Minoan bronze statuette represents a girl worshiping a deity. It was probably left as a dedication to a divinity. She wears a flounced skirt over a sleeved robe open at the front. The figure shows a remarkable degree of detail, including looped earrings, bracelets, and a necklace. Her shaved hairstyle, not found on any other Minoan bronze statuette, matches that of painted figures in roughly contemporary frescoes uncovered on the island of Thera, north of Crete. Its excellent condition, rarity, fine detail, and balanced proportions set it apart from other statuettes of its type to have survived.

See also
Department: 
Greek and Roman Art
Type of artwork: 
Sculpture
Medium: 
Bronze

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