The goddess with the raised hands

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The female figurines representing the Minoan goddess are rendered in an extremely stylized manner in accordance with the artistic spirit of the period: the bodies are lifeless , the skirts simple cylinders and the poses stereotyped.


All the figures have raised hands , hence the name usually given to this type of figurine: the goddess with the raised hands. The gesture perhaps indicates that the goddess is giving a greeting , or a blessing or is praying , ot it may symbolize her appearance on earth in human form.


On the heads of the figures there are various symbols, such as horns of consecration , birds and the seeds of opium poppies.


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