left: Female figurine of transitional type - Panagia Ridge (1300-1180 B.C.) right: Female figurine of "Phi" type (Φ) (1400-1300 B.C.) Clay likenesses of human figures, animals and all sorts of objects, figurines and figures (called idols) form a unique category of finds which characterize the Mycenaean civilization through their large numbers, distinctive characteristics and charm.
3 Terracotta female figures, period: Late Helladic IIIA, date: ca. 1400–1300 B.C., culture: Helladic, Mycenaean - These terracotta female figurines are referred to as phi (35.11.17-.18), tau (35.11.16), or psi figurines, for their resemblance in shape to those Greek letters. They generally wear a long, enveloping garment, perhaps a kind of robe. Their long hair is usually drawn back in a plait or "ponytail," with some loose locks over the forehead.
SUPPORTING IMAGE 1 Figure of woman carrying olla (water vessel). Belonging to the Inca culture in Peru, they were known for their intricate metalwork (silver) at around 1400 AD. From an historical view, I'd like to think that the earspools in particular were created whilst in the Inca empire. Figurines such as these however would have been used as offerings rather than to emphasize status