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Bronze figure of a worshipper


Height: 22.000 cm

GR 1918.1-1.114

Room 12: Minoan and Mycenaean

    Bronze figure of a worshipper

    Minoan, about 1700-1450 BC

    A stocky figure in an attitude of prayer

    Dedications at Minoan sanctuaries often took the form of male or female figures shown in stylized attitudes which seem to represent them at prayer. They were presumably votive offerings, dedicated to the deity with prayers and representing a permanent praying presence in the shrine or sanctuary. Terracotta figurines are common, but richer dedications of bronze have also been found.

    This male figure wears a typical Minoan costume of kilt, wide belt, cod-piece and mid calf-length boots. His hair is bound in a fillet and descends in long tresses down his back. The only aspect of his appearance that is not typical is the proportions of his figure. Minoan men were commonly shown with very slender waists. No such idealization is visible here, and it is possible that a middle-aged man is represented.

    The piece is solid cast using the lost wax technique, and has the bubbly surface typical of Minoan bronzes, caused by an alloy poor in tin.

    R. Higgins, Minoan and Mycenean art-1, revised edition (London, 1979)

    R. Higgins, The Greek Bronze Age (London, The British Museum Press, 1977)