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Psi – Idol

Mycenaean, circa 1300 BC
Terracotta, painted with brown colour.
H 14 cm

Female Mycenaean idol of the Psi type with raised arms and polos. On the back a long plait. Decorated with reddish brown wavy lines on the front and on the back.

These idols are known as Psi idols because of their similarity to the Greek letter Psi Ψ.

Unbroken; chips to polos and lower part; surface faded.



Auction sale catalogue Christie´s London, 08 July 1992, lot 118


The British Museum number: 1996,0325.2    


German private collection H. W. (1931-2018), acquired 1992 on the German art market.

Accompanied by an IADAA Interpol search certificate.

€ 3.500