Small figurines and large figures are models of people and animals. Figurines are more common. They are made of various materials (clay, stone, metal, faience), representing either separate figures or groups, sometimes in narrative scenes with a rudimentary background. The interpretation of the figurines largely depends on their iconographic characteristics and the find context. They were usually votive offerings to sanctuaries, to invoke divine protection, but they are also found in domestic contexts and as grave goods. Large figures are mainly found in sanctuaries of the Postpalatial period in Crete and are interpreted as cult statues or as representations of priestesses or appearing goddesses.