The find includes over 100 pieces of fragments and whole figurines - male, female and animal, as well as miniature models of ritual objects found on the outskirts of a settlement mound.

Clay cult figures from the village of Konevo

The find includes over 100 pieces of fragments and whole figurines - male, female and animal, as well as reduced models of ritual objects - altars, wood (?), boat, vessels, which were found on the periphery of a settlement mound. Based on analogies with similar objects from other areas of the ancient world, it can be assumed that they were probably arranged in a way that reproduced symbolic ritual actions.
The very modeling of the clay (mud) figures can be interpreted as a ritual (magical) act of recognition of the divine entities invoked in the rite to set the cosmic elements in motion.

Author: L. Konova
Translation: S. Tsaneva/L. Konova
Photo: T. Dimitrov

References:
– Konova, L. Magical images. Clay cult figurines from the region of the village of Konevo, Elhovsko.
- Notices of the National History Museum, XIV, 2004, pp. 17-42
– Konova, L. Kultfiguren aus Ton aus dem Gebiet von Konevo, Kreis Elhovo, Von Domica bis Drama. Gedenkschriftfür Jan Lichardus.Hrsg. V. Nikolov, K. Bacvarov, Sofia 2004, S. 205-213

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