Upper part of a Phi-type figurine. The precise location it was found on the Acropolis is not known. The top of its “bird-face” is flat and the eyes are in the form of red painted circles. The body decorate wavy red lines which render the garment 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.