MINOAN: Snake Goddess, from the palace at Knossos. c. 1600 BCE. Faience, appx. 13 1/2 " H. Archeological Museum, Herakleion. Aside from images of bulls, the only obvious deity we have from ancient Crete is the so-called Snake Goddess, perhaps an Earth Goddess who is holding two snakes in her outstretched hands - she is shown with aflounced skirt, and open bodice (evidently standard among Minoan women), and a dove perched on her head which signifies her being divine.