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Minoan Rhyton
Image by Mark Cartwright

Minoan Rhyton

Stone rhyton (libation vase) in the form of a bull's head from the Minoan site of Knossos, New-Palace period (1600-1500 BCE), Heraklion Archaeological Museum, Crete.
Minoan Rock-Crystal Bowl
Image by Xuan Che

Minoan Rock-Crystal Bowl

A Minoan rock-crystal bowl in the form of a duck, 16th century BCE. The vessel was found at Mycenae but has been attributed to the earlier Minoan civilization based on Crete. The vessel was probably used to store cosmetic creams. (National...
Phaistos
Definition by Mark Cartwright

Phaistos

Located on the fertile Mesara plain in central Crete, Phaistos has been inhabited since the Final Neolithic period (c. 3600-3000 BCE). The settlements greatest period of influence was from the 20th to 15th century BCE, during which time it...
Minoan Bull Leaping
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Minoan Bull Leaping

A fresco showing bull leaping, Minoan Knossos (Final Palatial period 1450-1400 BCE), Heraklion Archaeological Museum, Crete.
Minoan Lady, Fresco, Akrotiri
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Minoan Lady, Fresco, Akrotiri

A fresco from the House of the Ladies in Akrotiri on the Aegean island of Thera (Santorini), c. 17th century BCE. The several women depicted on the walls of the room wear typical Minoan dress. Above the women is a representation of a starry...
Minoan Gold Ring
Image by Dimitris Agelakis

Minoan Gold Ring

An engraved gold ring from the Minoan civilization on Crete, 15-14th century BCE. The ring probably originates from Knossos and depicts the epiphany of a goddess: seated in a shrine, floating in the air and standing in a boat. The hoop is...
Minoan 'Master of the Animals' Pendant
Image by Kotomi Yamamura

Minoan 'Master of the Animals' Pendant

A solid gold pendant from the Minoan civilization depicting a deity holding two birds, possibly geese (18-17th century BC). Provenance: Aegina (British Museum, London)
Minoan Bull-Leaper
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Minoan Bull-Leaper

An ivory figurine representating a bull-leaper from a three dimensional composition (with two other figures and a bull) depicting this Minoan sporting or religious activity. Hair would have been added using bronze wire and clothes in gold...
Minoan Bronze Shield
Image by Archaeological Museum of Heraklion

Minoan Bronze Shield

Bronze shield, Crete, Geometric period, 8th-7th century BCE. Heraklion Archaeological Museum, Crete. The bronze tympanon/shield found in the Idaean Cave is a votive offering from around the 8th century BCE. It is decorated with...
Minoan Decorated Jug Found in Egypt
Image by James Blake Wiener

Minoan Decorated Jug Found in Egypt

One of the world's most famous works of Minoan pottery, this vessel shows five mollusks called nautili floating above the seafloor. The sinuous undulating lines of the water plans and nautili tentacles clearly demonstrate the Minoans' love...
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