ArtHistory1ADiscussion1 - DiscussionPaper#1 In Women,:differencesin byBarbaraA.Olsen,Barbaradebatesonthe andLateMinoan

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Discussion Paper #1 In Women, children and the family in the Late Aegean Bronze Age: differences in Minoan and Mycenaean constructions of gender by Barbara A. Olsen, Barbara debates on the relationship between women and children that is portrayed in the societies of the Mycenaean and Late Minoan Crete. She points out that in both Mycenaean and Minoan written records, women are represented as child care­givers and nurturers. However, Minoan art did not portray the roles of women with the same level of value as the Mycenaean’s art did. Kourotrophoi , or images of women holding children, are abundant in the Mycenaean mainland. Barbara Olsen states that “ The corpus of kourotrophoi consists of approximately seventy terracottas… “ (page 384) and that “ They derive from at least eighteen sites… “ (page 384). Most of the figurines follow a certain form with a child against the
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  • Spring '14
  • Barbara A. Olsen, Minoan written records, Late Minoan Crete., Mycenaean mainland. Barbara

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