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by Archaeology Newsroom

Emphasized women’s breasts in the arts of prehistoric Greece

The exaggeration and/or exhibition of women’ s breasts is a common feature to the various aspects of Minoan art. This morphological peculiarity also occurs on anthropormophic vases as far back as the Early Minoan period and is repeated on figurines, engravings, statues and frescoes until the end of Minoan civilization in Crete. Thera, the Mainland Greece and Keos.

This characteristic emphasizes more a specific, religious sympolism of the Cretan religion during the Bronze Age, than a fashion. This, like female obesity in the Paleo and Neolithic Ages, sympolizes fertility and abundance.