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Encounters with Mycenaean figures and figurines. Papers presented at a seminar at the Swedish Institute at Athens, 27–29 April 2001
By Ann-Louise Schallin & Petra Pakkanen (eds.)
This volume presents fourteen articles which discuss Mycenaean figurines from various points of view. They focus on different aspects of the figurines, elaborating on their function, contextual characteristics, production, use-life, classification, topography, and history of scholarship. The articles are based on papers given at a workshop at the Swedish Institute at Athens in April 2001 entitled ‘Cultic Space and Mycenaean Figurines’. The idea of having a workshop arose from the fact that several of the participants were involved at the time with the documentation of various figurine types from the so-called Potter’s Workshop at Mastos in the Berbati Valley in the Argolid. The number and variety of the Mycenaean figurines from Mastos is impressive, particularly as the excavation had covered only a small area. The excavator, Å. Åkerström, proposed that the site had a cultic function in addition to its role as a production centre. In order to better understand the characteristics and identity of Mastos, scholars were invited to discuss the problems of the function and contextual characteristics of Mycenaean figurines more generally, presenting figurines from different sites so as to provide comparative contexts. Figurines in primary context are naturally considered as especially important since they may further our understanding of the roles of the figurines in religious as well as secular contexts. Issues such as interpreting the social roles of the figurines and considering their relation to other votive offerings, although not necessarily tied to primary contexts, are also discussed in this volume.
Elizabeth French | Figurines revisited and the importance of Phylakopi
Ingrid Weber-Hiden | The stylistic development of Mycenaean terracotta female figurines
Katie Demakopoulou & Nicoletta Divari-Valakou | Mycenaean figures and figurines from Midea
Kim Shelton | The figurines from Petsas House
Erika Weiberg | Production of female figurines at Mastos, Berbati
Nenad Petrović | Mycenaean animal figurines from Mastos, Berbati
Gabriele Albers | Figures and figurines in Mycenaean sanctuaries: find distributions and contexts
Helène Whittaker | The cultic function of Mycenaean anthropomorphic terracotta figures
Korinna Pilafidis-Williams | The Mycenaean kourotrophos figurine at the Sanctuary of Aphaia on Aigina
Martin Guggisberg | Animal figures and sacrificial rituals at the end of the Bronze Age
Leslie Hammond | Figurines, cultic space and the miniature vase
Petra Pakkanen | Figurines as agents in Mycenaean religious ritual. An approach from the perspective of religious studies
Ioulia Tzonou-Herbst | Trashing the sacred: the use-life of Mycenaean figurines
Marie-Louise Winbladh | Mycenaean imports and figurines made in Mycenaean tradition from the Greek-Swedish excavations at Khania
Ann-Louise Schallin & Petra Pakkanen (eds.), Encounters with Mycenaean figures and figurines. Papers presented at a seminar at the Swedish Institute at Athens, 27–29 April 2001, (Skrifter utgivna av Svenska Institutet i Athen, 8°, 20), Stockholm 2009. ISSN 0081-9921. ISBN 978-91-7916-057-9. Softcover, 195 pages.
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