Fragment from a Phi-type figurine. The precise location it was found on the Acropolis is not known. The breasts, plastically rendered, are further decorated with brown-red paint. The slanting wavy lines on the shoulders most possibly indicate long plaits in which the figure’s hair was braided. A necklace made of brown dots adorns the figure’s neck, whereas the rest of the torso decorate curving and wavy lines that render the garment’s details.
Figurines of this type are found often at sanctuaries, graves, even houses. They have been interpreted as deities, nurturers or mere dedications. However, their constant retrieval in children burials has led some researchers to suggest that they were also used as toys. On the Acropolis they were most likely votives by individuals to a fertility deity, perhaps to the goddess Athena, whom they sometimes portray.
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