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Ceramics in Antiquity

Vessels in Antiquity
Figurines in Antiquity

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Head of a Neolithic figurine
Clay head of a figurine from the settlement of Dikili Tas, 4th millennium BC, Kavala, Archaeological Museum.

Figurine of Athena
Terracotta figurine of Athena. Perhaps copy of the cult statue of Athena Alkidemos, who was worshipped at Pella, 2nd century BC, Pella, Archaeological Museum.

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Head of a Neolithic figurine
Dikili Tas, 4th millennium BC

Figurine of Athena
Pella, 2nd century BC

Figurines (small clay figures) began to be made in Macedonia in about 6000 BC and continued throughout antiquity.

These objects were the favorite votive offerings of simple people to their gods in their sanctuaries, but were also used as grave goods with the burials. Initially they represented divinities, later ordinary people, animals or various objects. Clay figures, often with mobile limbs, served also as toys for children.

The figurines were originally hand-shaped, but in the 7th century BC a technique was introduced from the East for producing figurines from moulds. This new method allowed figurines to be made on a scale of almost mass-production.

See Also
Civilization - Sculpture in Antiquity
Travelling - Ancient Pella
Ancient Veroia
In Focus - Macedonian Tombs

Macedonian Heritage
Content courtesy Ekdotike Athenon S.A.