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The first contradicting theories emerge when we turn to the face and head of our Master of Animals. He has an oval-shaped face and is wearing a diadem with a type of headdress on top, potentially made of feathers. He is also wearing large circular earrings. In examining this part of the pendant, we will find the two main theories for its origin: one proposing a Minoan
In his 1979 book and in earlier articles, Reynold Higgins, Keeper of Greek and Roman Antiquities at the British Museum at the time, proposed that the treasure was Minoan, and not Mycenaean, as many before him had claimed. We will see more important arguments from Higgins later, but focusing on the head, he compares the style of our Master of Animals’ face to that of the faience Minoan ‘snake goddess’, also mentioned earlier as a Mistress of Animals (Fig. 12).
Contrarily, others compare his face to that visible in a type of pendant often found in the Levant, that of the ‘abbreviated female’, a triangular pendant depicting a woman, but just her face, breasts, navel, and genitalia (Fig. 13).
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