THE “SNAKE GODESSES”
The most important cult objects from the Knossos Temple Repositories are the figurines of the “Snake Goddess”. They are named after the snake twining around the body and arms of the larger figure, and the two snakes that the smaller figure holds in her upraised hands. The snakes symbolize the chthonic character of the cult of the goddess, while the feline creature on the head of the smaller figure suggests her dominion over wildlife. The goddesses wear luxurious garments, consisting of a long flounced skirt, an embroidered apron and a close-fitting bodice that exposes the large breasts, symbolic of the fertility of women and, by implication, nature itself.
Knossos – Temple Repositories, 1650-1550 BC.
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