Statuette of a snake goddess
about 1600–1500 B.C. or early 20th century
Height: 16.1 cm (6 5/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
She stands with arms held to the front and each hand grasping a gold snake. She wears a crown, a gold girdle, a full skirt with five flounces edged with gold bands. Part of the skirt at the bottom, the right arm and the portion of the snake coiled about it are restored.
She has long been admired by many experts, but some have questioned her authenticity. Her face has been seen as "too modern-looking," and her hips too narrow for a Minoan woman. Scientific testing has proven inconclusive.