MYCENAE: FINDS FROM THE TEMPLE COMPLEX 1

The first hint of the strange finds made in Room 19 at the rear of the temple was the discovery of a pot .... with ears ! As work progressed it became clear that this space was packed with large clay figures, clay snakes and  pottery drinking vessels, as well as pieces of glass jewellery, and objects of metal, stone and ivory. Some joining fragments of the figures were also found in the 'Alcove' in the NW corner of the main room.

ANTHROPOMORPHIC VASE:                     68-1584

CLAY FIGURES IN ROOM 19

Most of an anthropomorphic vase was found in the Room 18 Alcove but several fragments also came from Room 19. Presumably after the earthquake or other event which damaged the temple complex the pieces of the 'sacred' objects were hurriedly collected up and packed away at random.

The style of decoration on the vase (LH IIIA1 or LH IIIA1/2) shows that it was made and perhaps used in an earlier shrine long before the temple complex was built. 

The 'body' is formed from a standard piriform jar with arms, neck and head modelled on to it.

A single elegant female figure was found in Room 19 - of a style which can be dated to LH IIIA, perhaps 50 years or more before the Temple was built.                                                 68-1577

Some eighteen large figures in different poses were found packed away in pieces in Room 19 and the Room 18 Alcove. The arms of each are differently placed.                                                                68-1571

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