Exhibits of the Archaeological Museum of Larissa
In the Archaeological Museum of Larissa as it is today, which is accommodated in the most well- preserved mosque of the city, they are hosted the antiquities of its permanent collection.
The exhibition is structured chronologically, following a circular route in space. Most of the discoveries came to light through the work of German archaeologists during 1950’s in Soyfli Magoula and in Platia Magoula Zarkoy, but also during excavations which took place at the wider framework of big public constructions.
The prehistoric collection is constituted by petrified bones of animals of Palaeolithic Era and other discoveries of Neolithic Era such as vessels, stone made and earthen statuettes, stone seals, stone tools and tools made by bones, earthen effigies, potsherd jewels, as well as, a lot of documentation emanated by the systematic excavations in very important prehistoric settlements.
Of special interest are the stone column menhir and the earthen effigy of a residence of Neolithic Era. Inside this effigy are placed eight anthropomorphous earthen statuettes.
Moreover, unique amongst exhibits is the collection of statuettes that constitute the majority of antiquities that were repatriated and one of the most enchanting discoveries, with a particular symbolism.
“Neolithic faces of Land of Thessaly” made by clay and marble, represent a variety of types: some of them are naturalistic, others with shape- driven lines. The characteristically fleshy feminine figure, standing or seated and often sometimes represent a pregnant woman, dominates thematically.
Hair cuts present also an admirable variety. Special characteristics of faces could lead us to make hypotheses that some of them are portraits while others wear masks.
The tour of the visitor is continued with the collection of Thessalian sculpture: there, someone could enjoy exhibits of Archaic, Classic and Hellenistic Era, most of them were excavated at the important cemetery of tombs in Agios Georgios near Larissa, in Farsalos, Agiokampos and in other regions of Thessaly. In this unit, a certain amount of best examples of votive steles and dedicatory inscriptions are exhibited which most of them portray Thessalian persons during Classic but also Hellenistic Period.
Briefly some of them are: stele of Ilxinos, stele of a woman that it keeps alabaster in one hand and ball in the other, as well as the stele that represents a helmeted warrior, which fell in the battle of Tanagra 457 B.C., statues of Hellenistic Era, votive steles and statues of Roman Era with a characteristic example that of a small woman, Irakliotissas, excavated at the location Agios Georgios Grevenon and the series of sculptured dolphins excavated at Prinos Trikalon.
The exhibits constitute a small sample from the thousands of discoveries that they wait for in the deposits, in order to be exhibited in their new home “the New Diachronic Museum of Larissa”. These exhibits document vividly the rich and very important history of region from the prehistory to the post byzantine years.