Friday, May 27

The Mysterious Crete Goddess Of Myrtos

Goddess of Myrtos
Goddess of Myrtos
I'm back to writing about Crete again today, this time with a photo of the Goddess of Myrtos from the Minoan period.

Minoan JugI get excited about stuff like this because of it's age, to think that this civilisation existed some 4000 years ago - amazing! I only wish that I'd been allowed to hold or touch the Goddess, but it wasn't possible.

If we glance quickly at the photo above we'll no doubt think it's some sort of boring clay pot, but if we look more closely it's actually a woman holding a pot - and the woman is the goddess.

Okay, to our eyes she looks a bit strange with a very long neck, spindly arms and a bell shaped bottom half to her body. But she's all woman: breasts, pubic triangle and so on and she's holding a spouted jug, which is in the correct style from that period - 4000+ years ago.

The head of the Goddess of Myrtos
Archaeologists found the Goddess of Myrtos on Crete at Fournou Koryfi - an ancient Minoan site, now destroyed but with parts still visible.

The Goddess is said to be a libation vase which would have originally stood on an altar, maybe a domestic one.

Here's a few more relics from the Minoan period.

Minoan chest or coffin
Minoan pots
Minoan period Crete
Archealogical site on Crete
Crete is an interesting place!

More on Crete:
The Mysterious Skull With A Golden Wreath Of Protection
Eerie island Of Spinalonga, A Sunken City And A Mermaid
With Visualisation Everything Is Possible

Photos: © M.Perry 2011

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  1. Great photos. The goddess does look a trifle odd! But 4,000 years

  2. you have such interesting travels enjoyable read