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    A Theban terracotta bell idol, c.700 BC; the figure probably represents a nature goddess, maybe of animals and life, and may symbolise the protective forces of nature accompanying the deceased in the afterlife. (Louvre Museum)

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    • Clare Gibson

      A Theban terracotta bell idol, c.700 BC; the figure probably represents a nature goddess, maybe of animals and life, and may symbolise the protective forces of nature accompanying the deceased in the afterlife. (Louvre Museum)

    • Lina Lanz

      The technique, typology, and decoration of this figurine, known as a "bell idol", identify it as the work of Theban potters of the Late Geometric period, in ancient Boeotia. Although strictly an item of pottery, it is a rare example of figurative sculpture from the period, probably representing a Nature goddess - a descendant of the Minoan tradition, which some commentators have identified with Artemis. Figurines of this type are found in tombs and may have been used during funeral celebrati...

    • hillkat

      Bell idol C. 700 BC Provenance: Thebes (Boeotia)

    • Mademoiselle JJ.

      Bell idol -Louvre

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