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Wooden fridge magnet with printed vinyl sticker.


Plank-shaped figurines

Early and middle Bronze Age 2300 - 1600 BC ​ The term "plank-shaped" or "plank-form" is given to a special category of human representation found in Cyprus in the Early and Middle Bronze Ages (ca. 2100-1600 BC). These figurines are extremely schematic in form and are usually made of clay, with the exception of only a few made of stone. They were the most common representation of the human form during this period. The most characteristic feature of these figurines is their flat rectangular body with a narrower rectangle representing the neck and the head while in some cases angular limbs are indicated. All the features are either incised of painted on both surfaces of the figurines. Many of these figurines have perforated ears indicating that earrings may have been suspended from them. Their function is not clear. They may have acted as ritual symbols or alternatively they may have been miniature versions of larger wooden xoana (effigies) of deities associated with fertility and regeneration. This could explain why they also appear as grave goods in tombs. Other interpretations however, propose that they may have been used as markers of identity.


Size: 9.5 x 4 cm (approx)



Plank-shaped figurines // Fridge magnet

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