Atkinson, Thomas [Mitarb.]
Excavations at Phylakopi in Melos — London, 1904

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MINOR ANTIQUITIES OF METAL, BONE, IVOIIY AND STONE. 193

§ 4.—Ivory,

A signet-ring, Fig. 162, probably a woman's, since the diameter of the
operiing is only -013. The hoop is finely fluted. On the convex bezel, which

is circular and not elliptical as in the case of the gold signets, is engraved
a woraan standing before an altar. Her hair is knotted beliind; she wears a
belt and a skirt divided by horizontal lines representing flounces, the spaces
between them being filled with chevrons derived from
the Mycenaean spraj'-pattern. Only one arm is seen ;
it is raised from the elbow in the gesture of adoration.
The altar consists of chevrons and irregulär ovals,
probably representing rough stones; on it is placed
a pair of sacred horns. Behind the votary are two
conventional trees or palm-branches; the lines above
and below the altar represent Vegetation. Religious
scenes of this kind were favourite subjects for signet-
rings; see J.ff.S. xxi. p. 182 sqq. (A. J. Evans,
Mycenaean Tree and Pillar CuÜ). Found in H 2 :14
at a dopth of 2 m. (early period of the Third City).1

A carved finial which has formed part of some
piece of furniture, XL. 8 and Fig. 103; length '096,
thickness 'Ol. The design represents a lily, with Fig. 163.—Ivory Finial.
sepals which curl over to right and left, growing C;2-)
between two leaves; similar blies are common in (Right side restored.)
Mycenaean art; the resemblance to the Egyptian lotus-

capital (e.y., Petrie Egyptian Decorative Art, Figs. 116, 134) may be more
apparent fchan real. The finial is cut squa.re at the base. The holes in

1 See B.S.A. vi. p. !). In the plan there given, which has a different numbering, the room
is 8, not 14. See also p. 266 in/m.

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