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ITEM NUMBER: D-82
ITEM NAME: Minoan Snake Goddess
SIZE: 12"H (30cm)
ITEM TYPE: Statue
ITEM MATERIAL: Casting stone
ITEM FINISH: Antique stone finish with color detail
RETAIL PRICE: $65.00
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Herakleion Museum, Crete, Greece. 1600 B.C.

This figurine represents an agricultural fertility Goddess or her Priestess. The original was found in a storage room in the Palace of Knossos, Crete. She is a votive offering and not a cult figure and therefore, probably represents a Priestess who is perhaps a princess of the palace. Although she is dressed in the garb of her deity, a Cretan Earth Mother, she is a personification of Earth from which all life springs and returns. She carries the snakes, symbols of death and rebirth. Crouching on her crown is a lion cub, usually associated with royal houses. In her crown are poppy pods, indicating the use of opium in her worship.
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