Crete, Minoan, LM ib Period, ca.1500-1450 BC
Good Minoan bronze votary of the so called “Snake Goddess” type. Solid cast by the lost wax process. The hollow oscillating skirt is encircled with snakes held by her hands at belly’s height. The torso with voluptuous breasts. Her hair is braided in a long plait. A very individual figurine in its own right.
Accompanied by a Metallurgical report and expertise by IfZAA Institute, Basel, dated 29.04.2006 and 28.08.2006
Cf. C. Verlinden, Les statuettes anthropomorphes crétoises en bronzes et en plomb, du IIIe millénaire au VIIe siècle av. J.-C. (Providence 1984)
Condition: Corroded compatible to pieces of the time. Brown patina with reddish and green areas. Intact.
Provenance: Bonhams, London, UK 1994
Item reference: CL0083