Miniature sculpture flourished on Crete in the MM I and II periods. Terracotta anthropomorphic and zoomorphic figurines were made in large quantities for use as dedications in sanctuaries. Some of them are choice works of art, painted in the Kamares style. The most important groups come from the peak sanctuaries of Petsophas near Palaikastro, Traostalos Zakrou, Kalo Chorio Pediadas, Kophinas Asterousion, Juktas, and Gonies Maleviziou, and also from the palaces at Phaistos, Knossos, and Malia, and the megaron at Tylisos. Male figurines are usually decorated with red paint, have a dagger at the waist, and wear the characteristic loincloth. Female figurines wear elaborate Minoan dress and occasionally have white or polychrome painted decoration. One category of figurines is bell-shaped and imitates bull masks. Other miniature sculptures include models of sanctuaries, altars, ships, thrones, stools, etc. of the many zoomorphic terracotta figurines, we may note those in the form of sheep and goats, bovines, and bucrania.
Dr Andonis Vasilakis