Courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

“A curiosity in a corner of the museum”—that’s how Boston University archaeologist Murray C. McClellan characterized this rare Mycenaean idol, made of painted terracotta and dating to about 1300 B.C. In an interview with the Boston Globe, McClellan added, “If it had not been looted, and we knew where it came from, it would be world-famous for its historical significance.”