Snake Goddess

Snake Goddess

Date ca. 1650 BCE

Movement Aegean | Middle Minoan III

Medium Faience

Dimensions height 11.625″

Provenance Knossos Palace Complex, Crete

Housed at Archaeological Museum, Iráklion, Crete

 

Though no large scale cult statues have been found on Crete, this Snake Goddess figure is likely to have been used in some religious context. Scholars now deem her findspot—a room off the central court—to have been a shrine of sorts. Her garb closely resembles that of the women in the Grandstand Fresco.