The figurines of the Pre-Palace period were made of clay, soft stone (marble or steatite), and ivory. Those made of stone resemble the Cycladic figurines contemporary with them. There is a unique terracotta figurine of the ‘Myrtos goddess’, which is thought to be the earliest attempt at a plastic representation of the deity. The head, set on a long neck, is rendered plastically, as too are the breasts and arms. The figure holds a jug on her left arm, rather like a child. Large numbers of figurines and plastic vases were made during this phase. There is an outstanding vase from Malia in the form of a woman touching her breasts. Other vases resemble bulls or birds. Terracotta figurines of human figures began to be dedicated in peak sanctuaries.
Dr Andonis Vasilakis