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Tylissos. 1600 - 1450 BC

These two bronze figurines of male worshippers were purchased from a villager in Tylissos in the early 20th century, shortly before Iosif Hatzidakis began his excavations there. They are exceptional examples of Neopalatial bronzework, cast in a mould and preserved almost intact. They represent two men of different ages: a tall, slim young man and an older, bulkier figure. Both are wearing the typical Minoan loincloth, while the younger figure also has a simple necklace and ankle rings. They are standing with the upper body arched backwards, right hand raised to the forehead in what is believed to be a gesture of prayer or invocation of the deity, while the left arm is held at the side. This is known as “Minoan salute”, the usual stance of most bronze adorant figurines of the Neopalatial period. Other typical features are the strongly delineated muscles and the expressiveness achieved by the backwards arch of the body and the tension of the legs. It is particularly interesting that the two figurines and a third similar one found during the excavations come from the Minoan settlement, while most bronze human figurines have been found in sacred caves, and fewer at peak sanctuaries. Apart from their cult or votive use, it is thought that bronze figurines, as opposed to clay ones, also indicated the high social status of the dedicator, who had access to valuable bronze objects.
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