A Sumerian Alabaster Female Worshiper - Early Dynastic II-III, circa 2900–2550 BC
Such figures with clasped hands have been identified as worshipers and are thought to have been placed in the cellae of the temples as votive figures.
She is shown standing with her hands clasped in prayer, emerging from beneath a long cloak, clasped at the neck, with a fringed edge, both the cloak and underdress with a long tufted fringe at the hem, the bare feet standing on an integral base, wearing a tall polos on her head with a thick band and wide brim at the neck, with prominent nose, pointed chin and small mouth, the eyes, hair and eyebrows hollowed for now-missing inlays.
Terracοtta figurines, the famous “tanagraies” (4th century B.C). The colourful figurines of elegant women represented taking a stroll or in other everyday scenes became extremely fashionable in the 19th century, which to led to the savage looting of the Boeotian necropolises on large scale to supply the demand. The earlier view that these figurines were mainly produced in Tanagra- hence the name “tanagraies”- has been refuted by modern research, which has concluded that the widely produced all over Greece, with athenian workshops leading the field.
Bone spoons for the preparation of cosmetics. Women used these to mix unguents and scoop tiny quantities of cosmetics from containers. (Roman period)
A glass-paste alabaster for perfume. (5th century B.C)
A box mirror with a bucolic scene (3rd century B.C).
Bone needles for the care of hair. Sometimes they were also used in weaving and sewing. (Roman period)
A necklace with glass-paste beads(4th century B.C), rings and pins, the alabaster (5th century B.C) and a lekanis for keeping cosmetics and jewellery (4th century B.C).
A close up of the “tanagraia” with the very stylish hat and purse.
The Lady of Galera is most likely of Phoenician manufacture. She sits between two sphinxes and holds a bowl for liquid that poured from two holes in her breasts. Her hair and costume show Egyptian influences, but the sturdy form also resembles Mesopotamian statues. She may have lasted through several generations as a sacred object before being buried as funeral goods.
The figurine was found in Galera, a Spanish town once called Tutugi, in Granada province. Nearby, in Cerro del Real, is the IberianNecropolis of Tutugi, an important archeological site with various kinds of tombs. The commonest type of tomb there consists of a rectangular chamber covered by a circular mound, which is reached via a long corridor. In these tombs have been found Phoenician, Greek and Iberian vases, ornaments, weapons, furniture and figures of clay and alabaster, dating between the third and sixth centuries BC.