Three Deities

Three Deities

Date ca. 14th-13th century BCE

Movement Aegean | Mycenaean

Medium Ivory

Dimensions height 3″

Provenance Shrine adjacent to palace, Mycenae, Greece

Housed at National Archaeological Museum, Athens


Religious shrines found within citadels, coupled with the writings upon ancient clay tablets, have confirmed that the Mycenaeans worshipped a number of deities, including Poseidon. This ivory sculpture found in one such shrine is believed to have been the work of a Cretan, given the figures’ flounced skirts that closely resemble that of the Snake Goddess. Whether or not this statuette actually represents deities is up for debate—it could simply represent a grandmother, mother, and child, especially given their intimate positioning.