Mycenaean Phi Idol

Culture: Mycenaean
Period: 14th century B.C.
Material: Terracotta
Dimensions: 10.8 cm high
Price: Sold
Ref: 2219
Provenance: Italian private collection, acquired on 27 October 2009 at the auction house Pandolfini, lot 235. With Italian export papers!
Condition: Completely intact except for some flakings on the tip of the nose and on the ring foot.
Description: Stylized idol of a female worshipper, which is named due to its form after the Greek letter Φ (Phi). The bird-like head with long, semi-circular nose and an elongated back of the head. The flat upper body is circular, the small breasts spherical. The upper body merges to an also stylized, cylindrical lower body which opens up to a base ring towards the foot. The entire body is decorated with round red-brown lines and dots. On the neck and between the upper and lower body a horizontal dividing line. On the lower body thick vertical lines. The head is also covered with thick strokes, the eyes are painted with round dots.