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by Archaeology Newsroom

The Terracotta Statues from the Prehistoric Site of Ayia Irini, Kea

The prehistoric Minoan and Mycenean worlds have endowed us with many examples of dancing figures, usually female, either in the form of terracotta figurines or as representations on the “Minoan/Mycenean” gold seal rings and sealstones. The terracotta statues of dancers found at Ayia Irini in Kea island are distinct among all the others known so far and unique as to size.