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The permanent exhibition of the Heraklion Archaeological Museum

View of the bronze worshipper idol
Figurine of a worshipper

This male figurine of a worshipper is an exquisite example of Neopalatial metalwork, when the craft was at its peak. It is cast and entirely preserved. The tall young man stands straight, wearing the characteristic Minoan kilt, a simple necklace around the neck and bracelets on his legs. He raises his right arm to touch his forehead in a gesture of awe and salute, typical of worshippers, while his left arm hangs close to his body. The cross-shaped movements, the sharp rendering of the muscles, the arched body and straight legs, which convey an inner strength, the detailed rendering of the hairdo and the opulent jewelry are all characteristic of this figure. Similar figurines have been found at other Cretan sites.

Exhibit Features
Date: Late Bronze Age, about 1500 BC
Place of discovery: Tylisos, Villa
Dimensions: height: 0,152 m
Material: Copper
Inventory number: ΑΕ 1831
Exhibition hole: Hall VII
Copyright: Hellenic Ministry of Culture
  Suggestive Bibliography
Βασιλάκης Α., Αρχαιολογικό Μουσείο Ηρακλείου, Αθήνα, χ.χ., 122
Ελληνική Τέχνη, Η αυγή της ελληνικής τέχνης, Αθήνα, 1994, αρ. 62 190, 323
Σακελλαράκης Ι.Α., Μουσείο Ηρακλείου, Αθήνα, 2003, 68
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