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Votive relief of the “nekrodeipnon” (funerary banquet) type
The honoured deity or the heroized deceased is shown reclining on a couch, receiving the offerings and honours bestowed upon himself by the woman who sits on the edge of the couch and the cupbearer. The scene is supplemented with servants that obtain wine from a krater. On the left are depicted the donors. It was unearthed at Mariolata in Phocis (ancient Charadra) and dates back to the 4th c. BC.
Pedimental grave stele with rosette decoration from Amphissa

The names of the deceased engraved at different time periods after the stele’s original use in memory of Xenodokos are visible. The relief rosettes date back to the same phase. The names of the departed include, among others, the women Damocleia, Dikaia, Euboula and Kallinika. It dates between the 3rd and the 1st c. BC.

Marble cult statue of Kore from ancient Kallipolis

The statue of Kore/Persephone, together with the statue of Demeter, of which only scant fragments are preserved, constituted a cult sculptural group that adorned their homonymous local sanctuary. The figure is garbed in thin chiton girded high around the torso, tied with cordons over the shoulders and back, and himation. In the surviving foot of the figure are shown the tips of the toes and the kothornos, a comfortable shoe, easy to wear, with very thick soles, worn in antiquity by both men and women. It dates between 310 and 290 BC.

Terracotta figurine of a kourotroph from Amphissa

The infant (wearing a cap on the head) is shown in the arms of the nurturer. This theme is associated with many goddesses, mainly Demeter who, as protector of fertility, was identified with the productivity of the land and the fecundity of women. In antiquity, one of the main occupations of women was that of a nurse. The figurine belongs to the 3rd c. BC.

Pair of gold earrings from Amphissa

From discs with elaborate rosettes, dangle young winged Eros figures holding phiale and alabastron. Jewels of this type were particularly popular in the Hellenistic period as distinct symbols of Aphrodite. They were retrieved from a female burial and date back to the 2nd c. BC.

Gold hair coils (sphekoteres) from Amphissa

Hair coils (made either of bronze or gold) were used to hold and, simultaneously, adorn locks of hair with their intricate shapes and precious material. The depicted hair coils are quite original (for this type, bronze was usually preferred), reflect influences from workshops of Northern Greece, and bear witness to the contacts of the city already since early times. They are dated to the 8th c. BC.

Red-figure lekythos from Amphissa

It is decorated with a representation of a standing female figure with weaving tools. In antiquity, weaving was an activity undertaken by women, mainly at home. A substantial amount of information on the individual stages of the weaving process is gleaned from the various art forms. It dates from the 5th c. BC.

“Psi-type (Ψ)” terracotta figurine from Kirra

This handmade artefact has been classified as a “Psi-type” figurine, due to its resemblance to the respective letter of the Greek alphabet. The figure is shown wearing a headdress and long garment that covers the schematized arms and the chest, and is decorated with brown brushstrokes running parallel to each other. It depicts in an abstract manner a female figure in prayer or supplication. It dates between the 14th and the 12th c. BC.

Mycenaean lentoid sealstone
engraved with the representation of four deer, coming from the tholos tomb of Amphissa on “Amblianos” Hill. Sealstones constitute superb creations of minor arts that were frequently exchanged as gifts between rulers and noblemen. Their possession was a sign of distinctive prestige and power.
Earring in the form of a lion’s head
It was found in a tomb in Amphissa and constitutes a significant creation of minor arts, as it combines different decoration techniques, such as granulation and engraving. This specific type was particularly widespread in its time. It dates from the 2nd c. BC.
Gold hair coils (sphekoteres)
Spiral ornament. Hair coils were made of bronze or silver and, aside from fixing the hair, they were also used for its adornment. These hair coils were unearthed at a female burial in Amphissa. They are dated between the 9th and the 8th c. BC.
It took the form of a terracotta figurine of a dove. Zoomorphic figurines often functioned as children’s toys and, more frequently, accompanied infants in graves. This figurine has been classified as a rattle, since its interior contained pellets producing noise when shaken. It was found in a child’s burial in Amphissa and dates between the 5th and the 4th c. BC.
Cameo depicting the head of Dionysos
from a house in Amphissa. On the site where the cameo was recovered, some of the walls featured painted decoration, while other objects were also found associated with the life of its residents, such as sympotic vases and loom weights. These pieces of evidence indicate that in that house lived an affluent family. It dates between the 1st c. BC and the 1st c. AD.
Head of a female figurine with hair bound in the knidian style
from Amphissa. The hairstyle of the cult statue of Aphrodite of Knidos by Praxiteles became so popular that it was copied in minor arts, while the style in which the goddess’s hair was plaited owes its name to the statue. Already during the Hellenistic period, coroplasts were often inspired by themes of monumental sculpture. It dates between the 3rd and the 2nd c. BC.

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