Bell-shaped dolls from Boeotia and Cyprus, puppets with moving limbs and simple anthropomorphic figurines had multiple functions in ancient society from children’s toys to attractive charms. Because of their unique decorative features THETIS’ dolls are popular collector’s items both for children and adults.
Plagon or Kore
Bell shaped dolls inspired from archaic prototypes from Boeotia.
The plagon or glene or kore is an anthropomorphic female doll. The unique bell-shaped dolls by THETIS are inspired by 7th cent. BC archaic prototypes from Boeotia bearing similar painted decoration (some fine examples at the Louvre Museum). The bell-shaped body is wheel thrown and shaped to an ellipse. The neck, head and hands are then connected to the body. The legs are made separately and are attached after firing with linen or leather strips. The decoration, which is unique to every doll, is based on the use of clay slips that acquire their colour with firing. Polychrome threads of wool, faience and decorated ceramic beads complete the personality of each plagon.
Mycenaean figurines in a box
What are Mycenaean figurines and what do they represent? How do they relate to letters of the Greek alphabet? What is their significance for Mycenaean society?
The box contains one female figurine and one figurine of a horse decorated with a faience bead. Both are based on finds from Mycenaean burial chambers located near Nestor’s Palace in Pylos and date from the 13th century BC.
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