Goddesses with upraised arms
Goddesses with upraised arms
Figurines of the goddess with upraised arms had pride of place in the communal shrines of the Pospalatial period.
The gesture vividly expresses the the goddess's entreaty on behalf of humans, or her acceptance of the praying worshipper's supplications.
The size of the figurines, and their placement on a raised bench in a roofed space,
indicate that they are cult objects,making these the oldest known religious images of gods.
Clay attachments on the head and hands show that this is the Great Goddess in her aspect as the protector of the nature.
Discs, birds and snakes are symbols of the sun and sky, air and earth, while the model poppy-head may indicate healing and soothing properties.
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