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Goddess or Priestess


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Description Despite the delicate nature of the precious gold and ivory materials, the stance of this small figurine conveys power and strength. It closely resembles ceramic statuettes identified as goddesses or priestesses found in the sanctuary space known as the "Pillar Shrine" within the Minoan palace of Cnossus, Crete. The snakes adorning the figure are symbolic of fertility and regenerative powers.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
4/14/1941Treatmentcleaned; stabilized; repaired
9/18/1964Treatmentrepaired
8/12/1982Treatmentcleaned; examined for exhibition
8/12/1982Treatmentcleaned; repaired; mounted
Exhibitions
  • Ivory: The Sumptuous Art. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1983-1984.
Provenance Feuardent Frères, Paris; Henry Walters, Baltimore [date of acquisition unknown], by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
16th century BC
Medium
ivory and gold
(Ivory & Bone)
Accession Number
71.1090
Measurements
8 7/16 in. (21.5 cm)
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