• Minoan clay model shrine depicting a priestess playing the part of a goddess in a small single roomed house, Galatas 1700-1650 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.
  • Minoan clay model shrine depicting a priestess playing the part of a goddess in a small single roomed house, Galatas 1700-1650 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.
  • Minoan  bull's head rhython libation vessel, Machlos 1500-1450 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, black background.
  • Minoan domestic libation vessel with the relief of a bull, Hagia Triada 1900-1700 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, white background.
  • Minoan domestic libation vessel with the relief of a bull, Hagia Triada 1900-1700 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.
  • Minoan domestic goddess figurine making gestures from the epiphany cycle, Hagia Triada 1900-1700 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.
  • Minoan  beak spouted jug with double axe and sacred knot  decoration, Hagia Triada Royal Villa 1500-1540 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.
  • Minoan  ritual vessel with figure of eight handles imitating Egyptian prototypes, Hagia Triada Royal Villa 1500-1540 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum.
  • Minoan cylindrical pyxis with lid (jewel box) with incised decoration, Knossos 1900-1800 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum.
  • Minoan clay male figurine in the attitude of worship, Chamezi 1900-1700 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.
  • Minoan clay model of a divine figure on a swing , Agia Triada 1700-1600 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.
  • Minoan ritual offering vessel drom temple of snakes, 1700-1600 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background..
  • The Minoan ' Phaistos Disc" with minoan pictoral sign script, possibly a hymn , Phaistos Palace 17th cent BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.<br />
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The enigmatic Phaistos disc takes pride of place in the history of Minoan script. It bears 45 pictoral signs that can be arranged into 61 groups separated by incised lines. Experts believe that the script may be of a hymn or magical in content.
  • Minoan clay female figurine in the attitude of worship, Chamezi 1900-1700 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, white background.
  • Minoan cylindrical pyxis with lid (jewel box) with incised decoration, Knossos 1900-1800 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.
  • Minoan 2 handled flask with Marine style stylised octopus design,   Palaikastro,  1500-1450 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, white background
  • Minoan 2 handled flask with Marine style stylised octopus design,   Palaikastro,  1500-1450 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, black background
  • Minoan 2 handled flask with Marine style stylised octopus design,   Palaikastro,  1500-1450 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background
  • Minoan  bull's head rhython libation vessel, Machlos 1500-1450 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.
  • Minoan  bull's head rhython libation vessel, Phaistos palace 1700-1600 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, white background.
  • Minoan  ewer with dense reeds design, by the "Reed Painter" , Phaistos Palace 1500-1450 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, black background.
  • Minoan domestic libation vessel with the relief of a bull, Hagia Triada 1900-1700 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum.
  • Minoan domestic goddess figurine making gestures from the epiphany cycle, Hagia Triada 1900-1700 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, black background.
  • Minoan domestic goddess figurine making gestures from the epiphany cycle, Hagia Triada 1900-1700 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.
  • Minoan  beak spouted jug with double axe and sacred knot  decoration, Hagia Triada Royal Villa 1500-1540 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, black background.
  • Minoan  beak spouted jug with double axe and sacred knot  decoration, Hagia Triada Royal Villa 1500-1540 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum.
  • Minoan  ritual vessel with figure of eight handles imitating Egyptian prototypes, Hagia Triada Royal Villa 1500-1540 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, black background.
  • Minoan  ritual vessel with figure of eight handles imitating Egyptian prototypes, Hagia Triada Royal Villa 1500-1540 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.
  • Minoan  amphora imitating Egyptian prototypes, Hagia Triada Royal Villa 1500-1540 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, black background.
  • Minoan clay female figurine in the attitude of worship, Chamezi 1900-1700 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum.
  • Minoan clay female figurine in the attitude of worship, Chamezi 1900-1700 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.
  • Minoan clay male figurine in the attitude of worship, Chamezi 1900-1700 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.
  • Minoan clay male figurine in the attitude of worship, Chamezi 1900-1700 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum.
  • Minoan clay male figurine in the attitude of worship, Chamezi 1900-1700 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.
  • Minoan clay male figurine in the attitude of worship, Chamezi 1900-1700 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum.
  • Minoan clay model of a divine figure on a swing , Agia Triada 1700-1600 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, white background.
  • Minoan clay model of a divine figure on a swing , Agia Triada 1700-1600 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum.
  • Minoan ritual offering vessel drom temple of snakes, 1700-1600 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, black background.
  • Minoan ritual offering vessel drom temple of snakes, 1700-1600 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background..
  • Minoan ritual offering vessel drom temple of snakes, 1700-1600 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum.
  • Minoan Postpalatial terracotta  goddess statue with raised arms and a crown of snakes, Kannia Sanctuary,  Gortys, 1350-1250 BC, Heraklion Archaeological Museum, white background. <br />
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The Goddesses are crowned with symbols of earth and sky in the shapes of snakes and birds, describing attributes of the goddess as protector of nature.
  • Minoan cult svoitive tablet,  Karphi Sanctuary 1200-1100 BC, Heraklion Archaeological Museum, black background. <br />
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During this period both Minoan and Mycenaean graves were found in Karphi snctuary so these cult gods are attributable to both cultures
  • Minoan cult svoitive tablet,  Karphi Sanctuary 1200-1100 BC, Heraklion Archaeological Museum, grey background. <br />
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During this period both Minoan and Mycenaean graves were found in Karphi snctuary so these cult gods are attributable to both cultures
  • Minoan cult svoitive tablet,  Karphi Sanctuary 1200-1100 BC, Heraklion Archaeological Museum. <br />
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During this period both Minoan and Mycenaean graves were found in Karphi snctuary so these cult gods are attributable to both cultures
  • Minoan Postpalatial terracotta  goddess statue with raised arms and crown,  Karphi Sanctuary 1200-1100 BC, Heraklion Archaeological Museum. <br />
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The Goddesses are crowned with symbols of earth and sky in the shapes of snakes and birds, describing attributes of the goddess as protector of nature.
  • Minoan Postpalatial terracotta  "Poppy goddess: statue with raised arms and poppy seed crown,  Karphi Sanctuary 1300-1200 BC, Heraklion Archaeological Museum, grey background. <br />
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The "Poppy Goddess" statuye is crowned with opium poppy seed heads. As opium is a hallucinogen that also sedates and has healing properties, experts assume this was the goddess of pain relief and healing/ During this period both Minoan and Mycenaean graves were found in Karphi snctuary so these cult gods are attributable to both cultures
  • Minoan  pottery bath tub larnax decorated with a stylised crocus flower ,  Episkopi-Lerapetra 1350-1250 BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, white background.<br />
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To the Greeks, the Underworld was entered by water. As with many other Minoan bathtubs, this one was probably later used as a coffin to convey the deceased across the sea, where marine imagery would be equally appropriate. The two functions of bathtubs, bathing and burial, combine in the story of Agamemnon who, on return from Troy, was murdered by his wife and her lover in a silver bath.
  • Minoan  pottery bath tub  larnax decorated with a cow nursing a calf,  Episkopi-Lerapetra 1350-1250 BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, white background.<br />
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To the Greeks, the Underworld was entered by water. As with many other Minoan bathtubs, this one was probably later used as a coffin to convey the deceased across the sea, where marine imagery would be equally appropriate. The two functions of bathtubs, bathing and burial, combine in the story of Agamemnon who, on return from Troy, was murdered by his wife and her lover in a silver bath.
  • Minoan Kamares Ware jar with natural decorations of fish in a net, Phaistos 1900-1700 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.<br />
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This pot is one of the earliest known examples of the shift of Minoan art towards depicting the natural world
  • Minoan Kamares Ware jar with natural decorations of fish in a net, Phaistos 1900-1700 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.<br />
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This pot is one of the earliest known examples of the shift of Minoan art towards depicting the natural world
  • Minoan pottery with stylised octopus decorations, 1500-1400 BC, Heraklion Archaeological Museum, grey background.  <br />
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From Left to right<br />
1- Krater Episkopi Lerapetra 1370-1250 BC, <br />
2- flask with Marine style stylised octopus design,   Palaikastro,  1500-1450 BC; <br />
3- far right  conical rhython with Marine style stylised octopus design,   Palaikastro 1500-1450 BC;
  • Minoan pottery with stylised octopus decorations, 1500-1400 BC, Heraklion Archaeological Museum, white background.  <br />
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From Left to right<br />
1- Pseudostomos jug from Knossos-Venizeleio 1300-1200 BC, <br />
2- flask with Marine style stylised octopus design,   Palaikastro,  1500-1450 BC; <br />
3- conical rhython with Marine style stylised octopus design,   Palaikastro 1500-1450 BC; <br />
5- far right Krater Episkopi Lerapetra 1370-1250 BC,
  • Minoan pottery with stylised octopus decorations, 1500-1400 BC, Heraklion Archaeological Museum, grey background.  <br />
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From Left to right<br />
1- Pseudostomos jug from Knossos-Venizeleio 1300-1200 BC, <br />
2- flask with Marine style stylised octopus design,   Palaikastro,  1500-1450 BC; <br />
3- conical rhython with Marine style stylised octopus design,   Palaikastro 1500-1450 BC; <br />
5- far right Krater Episkopi Lerapetra 1370-1250 BC,
  • Minoan decorted   clay 2 handled pot , Knossos Palace 1500-1450 BC BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum.black background Cat No: 15047
  • Minoan clay decorated ewer jug, Speial Palatial Tradition , Knossos Palace 1500-1450 BC BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.
  • Minoan clay vase with floral design, Speial Palatial Tradition , Knossos Palace 1500-1450 BC BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.
  • Minoan clay vase with floral design, Speial Palatial Tradition , Knossos Palace 1500-1450 BC BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, black background.
  • Minoan clay basket shaped vessel with double axes decorations,  Special Palatial Tradition , Pseira  1500-1400 BC BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, white background.
  • Minoan  cult bronze double axe 'labrys' &  bronze spearhead from "warrior grave" at Knossos-Zafer Papoura,  1600-1400 BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum.<br />
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In Minoan Crete, the double axe was an important sacred symbol of the supposed Minoan religion. In Crete it never accompanies male gods, only female goddesses. It seems that it was the symbol of the arche of the creation (Mater-arche).
  • Minoan  pottery gabled larnax coffin chest with bird and floral decorations,   1370-1250 BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum.
  • Minoan  pottery coffin chest coffin with gabled lid decorated with a net pattern,  Tylissos-Panokklisia 1350-1250 BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.
  • Minoan decorated conical  rhython libation vessel, Gournia 1600-1450 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, black background.
  • Minoan decorated stirrup jar with swirl design, Zakros Palace  1500-1400 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, black background.
  • Minoan clay vase with figure of eighy handles, Zakros Palace  1500-1450 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, black background.
  • Minoan clay vase with figure of eighy handles, Zakros Palace  1500-1450 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum.
  • Unusual Minoan  rhython  libation vessel consisting of hollow rings, Zakros Palace  1500-1450 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.
  • Minoan long spouted rhython decorated with a pomegranate, Zakros Palace  1500-1450 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.
  • Minoan clay cup decorated with reeds, Zakros Palace  1600-1450 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.
  • Minoan decorated cup with foliage, Archanes Palace  1600-1450 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, white background.
  • Minoan bridge spouted jars decorated with flowers, Archanes Palace  1600-1450 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.
  • Minoan  bridge spouted jars decorated with swirls, Archanes Palace  1600-1450 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.
  • Minoan  bull's head rhython libation vessel, Machlos 1500-1450 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum.
  • Minoan  alabastron with zig zag design, Machlos 1500-1400 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.
  • Minoan small bridge spouted jars decorated with lilies, Machlos 1500-1400 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum.
  • Minoan small bridge spouted jars decorated with lilies, Machlos 1500-1400 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum.
  • Minoan small bridge spouted jars decorated with lilies, Machlos 1500-1400 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.
  • The Minoan ' Phaistos Disc" with minoan pictoral sign script, possibly a hymn , Phaistos Palace 17th cent BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum.<br />
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The enigmatic Phaistos disc takes pride of place in the history of Minoan script. It bears 45 pictoral signs that can be arranged into 61 groups separated by incised lines. Experts believe that the script may be of a hymn or magical in content.
  • Minoan decorated jug with sun design, Phaistos Palace 1500-1450 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.
  • Minoan decorated jug with sun design, Phaistos Palace 1500-1450 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, white background.
  • Minoan decorated jug with sun design, Phaistos Palace 1500-1450 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.
  • Minoan  beak spouted jug with double axe and sacred knot  decoration, Hagia Triada Royal Villa 1500-1540 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.
  • Minoan  ritual vessel with figure of eight handles imitating Egyptian prototypes, Hagia Triada Royal Villa 1500-1540 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, white background.
  • Minoan Pithoid Amphora with decorations of interconnecting spirals, crocus flowers and reeds, Hagia Triada Royal Villa 1500-1540 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, black background.
  • Minoan clay model shrine depicting a priestess playing the part of a goddess in a small single roomed house, Galatas 1700-1650 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, white background.
  • Minoan clay model shrine depicting a priestess playing the part of a goddess in a small single roomed house, Galatas 1700-1650 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum.
  • Minoan  ritual rhython with raised design, Phaistos 1800-1700 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.
  • Minoan clay round offering table with a high base and large cup with a goddess with 2 priestesses depiction , Phaistos 1800-1650 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum.
  • Minoan cly polychrome decorated storage pithos, Protopalatial period, Phaistos 1800-1650 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, black background.<br />
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The quality of Minoan pithoi of this period suggest that they were produced by specialised potters with considerable skill in the manufacture of large clay conatiners. They were used for the staorage of agricultural products and the number and size of the pithoi found during this Portopalatial period indicate increased production of farmers.
  • The Minoan clay burial pithos with skeleton in foetal,  Neopalatial period 1700-1450 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.<br />
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The body was placed in a foetal postion to aid insertion into the wide mouthed pithos
  • The Minoan terracotta rhinoceros beetle (Oryctes)  figurine, Piskokephalo,  1650-1500 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background
  • The Minoan terracotta rhinoceros beetle (Oryctes)  figurine, Piskokephalo,  1650-1500 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum.
  • The Minoan decorated jug decorated with stylised papyrus, Palaikastro,  1500-1450 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, white background
  • The Minoan decorated jug decorated with stylised papyrus, Palaikastro,  1500-1450 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background
  • The Minoan decorated conical rhython with Marine style stylised octopus design,   Palaikastro 1500-1450 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background
  • The Minoan clay bull's head rhython lbation vessel,  Palaikastro 1500-1450 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background
  • The Minoan domestic vessels, a decorated jug, Early Protopalatial period,  2100-1900 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background
  • The Minoan decorated ritual Ewer From Poros with marine reliefs ,Poros Heraklion 1450 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, white background<br />
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This elegant Ewer excavated from Poros is a fine example of the matute marine style of Minoan Ewer. The body is covered with  calligraphic network of dotted scale patterns, indicating the sea, in which nautili swim amongst rocks and seaweed. This style of Ewer was made in specialist workshops in the Knossos area and can be attributed to the same worksop that made ewers excavated from Zakros room IV-V. and another in Marseilles Museum
  • Minoan decorated ritual ewer with a sacral knot relief , Konssos-Little Palace 1450-1370 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, black background
  • Minoan decorated ritual ewer with a sacral knot relief , Konssos-Little Palace 1450-1370 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background
  • Minoan decorated clay alabastra , Konssos-Little Palace 1450-1370 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background
  • Minoan decorated clay alabastra , Konssos-Little Palace 1450-1370 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background
  • Minoan decorated jug  with stylised floral design , Konssos  'Unexplored Mansion" 1450-1370 BC; 1400-1250 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum
  • Minoan decorated jug  with stylised floral design , Konssos  'Unexplored Mansion" 1450-1370 BC; 1400-1250 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, white background
  • Minoan decorated conical rhython geometric design , Konssos  'Unexplored Mansion" 1450-1370 BC;  Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background
  • Minoan decorated two handled Ephyraean goblet  with stylised floral design , Konssos  'Unexplored Mansion" 1450-1370 BC; 1400-1250 BC; Heraklion Archaeological Museum.
  • Minoan decorated two handled Ephyraean goblet  with stylised octopus design , Konssos  'Unexplored Mansion" 1450-1370 BC; 1400-1250 BC; Heraklion Archaeological Museum.
  • Minoan decorated flask with concentric decorative bands design , Konssos  Temple Tomb 1400-1250 BC; Heraklion Archaeological Museum., white background
  • Minoan decorated two handled Ephyraean goblet  with geometric design , Konssos  Temple Tomb 1400-1250 BC; 1400-1250 BC; Heraklion Archaeological Museum, white background
  • Minoan decorated jug with geometric design , Zafer Papoura 1400-1250 BC; Heraklion Archaeological Museum, grey background
  • Minoan decorated pithos stirrup jar , Zafer Papoura 1400-1250 BC; Heraklion Archaeological Museum, grey background
  • Minoan decorated pithos stirrup jar , Zafer Papoura 1400-1250 BC; Heraklion Archaeological Museum, black background
  • Minoan decorated pithos stirrup jar , Zafer Papoura 1400-1250 BC; Heraklion Archaeological Museum, grey background
  • Minoan decorated pithos stirrup jar , Zafer Papoura 1400-1250 BC; Heraklion Archaeological Museum.
  • Minoan clay ritual vessel with figure of eight handles, Isopata 1450-1300 BC, Heraklion Archaeological Museum, grey background
  • Minoan Postpalatial terracotta  goddess tablet with raised arms, Kannia Sanctuary,  Gortys, 1350-1250 BC, Heraklion Archaeological Museum, grey background. <br />
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The Goddesses are crowned with symbols of earth and sky in the shapes of snakes and birds, describing attributes of the goddess as protector of nature.
  • Minoan Postpalatial terracotta  goddess statue with raised arms,  Karphi Sanctuary 1200-1100 BC, Heraklion Archaeological Museum, black background. <br />
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The Goddesses are crowned with symbols of earth and sky in the shapes of snakes and birds, describing attributes of the goddess as protector of nature.
  • Minoan Postpalatial terracotta  goddess statue with raised arms,  Karphi Sanctuary 1200-1100 BC, Heraklion Archaeological Museum, black background. <br />
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The Goddesses are crowned with symbols of earth and sky in the shapes of snakes and birds, describing attributes of the goddess as protector of nature.
  • Minoan  pottery bath tub  larnax decorated with stylised octopuses,  Episkopi-Lerapetra 1350-1250 BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, black background.<br />
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To the Greeks, the Underworld was entered by water. As with many other Minoan bathtubs, this one was probably later used as a coffin to convey the deceased across the sea, where marine imagery would be equally appropriate. The two functions of bathtubs, bathing and burial, combine in the story of Agamemnon who, on return from Troy, was murdered by his wife and her lover in a silver bath.
  • Minoan  pottery bath tub  larnax decorated with a cow nursing a calf,  Episkopi-Lerapetra 1350-1250 BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.<br />
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To the Greeks, the Underworld was entered by water. As with many other Minoan bathtubs, this one was probably later used as a coffin to convey the deceased across the sea, where marine imagery would be equally appropriate. The two functions of bathtubs, bathing and burial, combine in the story of Agamemnon who, on return from Troy, was murdered by his wife and her lover in a silver bath.
  • Minoan linea A tablets recording flocks of sheep and other animals and wool produced,  1800-1450 BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum.
  • Minoan linea A tablet recording flocks of sheep, goats, oxen and pigs at "si-ra-ro",  1800-1450 BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, white background.
  • Minoan linea A tablet recording flocks of sheep, goats, oxen and pigs at "si-ra-ro",  1800-1450 BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum.
  • Minoan linea A tablet recording flocks of sheep, goats, oxen and pigs at "si-ra-ro",  1800-1450 BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.
  • Minoan linea A tablet with administative script,  Knossos 1800-1450 BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, white background.
  • Minoan linea A tablet with administative script,  Knossos 1800-1450 BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.
  • Very early Minoan single handled jug butial goods, Pygros burial cave,  3000-2600 BC BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.
  • Very early unusual Minoan horned pot with white and red linear motifs,  vaulted tombs Lebena 3000-2100 BC BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum.<br />
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Made of grey clay these pots are the earliest found in the Lebena vaulted tombs
  • Very early Minoan rounded 2 handled pot with white and red linear motifs,  vaulted tombs Lebena 3000-2100 BC BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, black background.<br />
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Made of grey clay these pots are the earliest found in the Lebena vaulted tombs
  • Very early Minoan rounded 2 handled pot with white and red linear motifs,  vaulted tombs Lebena 3000-2100 BC BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.<br />
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Made of grey clay these pots are the earliest found in the Lebena vaulted tombs
  • Very early Minoan round pot with white and red linear motifs,  vaulted tombs Lebena 3000-2100 BC BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, black background.<br />
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Made of grey clay these pots are the earliest found in the Lebena vaulted tombs
  • Early Minoan rounded teapot with typical brownish red painted bhatched lines,  Hagios Onouphrios 2900-1900 BC BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, white background.
  • Early Minoan decorated clay jugs ,  Michlos Cemetery 2600-1900 BC BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.
  • Early Minoan round bronze box with intricate pattern on lid,  George of the Dead 2600-2300 BC BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, white background .
  • Early Minoan Stone jug from the George of the Dead 3000-2000 BC BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum , black background.<br />
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In the 3rd milleneum BC the invetion of new tools made of metal allowed stone to be carved and polished to high standards. Harder stone could also be used for making stone vessels
  • Minoan Vasiliki Ware long spouted "teapots", Vasiliki 2300-1900 BC BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, black background.
  • Minoan Vasiliki Ware long spouted "teapots", Vasiliki 2300-1900 BC BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum.
  • Minoan secondary burial of a skull in a vessel , Archanes Phourni 2100-1800 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, black background.<br />
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The shull was detached from the body and sfter its dissolution placed in the vessel. This burial practice highlights the significance of the skull as the symbolic vehicle of human existance and consciousness
  • Minoan Kamares Ware spouted jar with raised decorations ,  Archanes Phoumi 2100-1900 BC,  Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, white background.
  • Minoan Kamares Ware vessels  with  polychrome decorations, Phaistos Palace 1800-1600 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, white background.<br />
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This style of pottery is named afetr Kamares cave where this style of pottery was first found
  • Minoan Kamares Ware vessels  with  polychrome decorations, Phaistos Palace 1800-1600 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, white background.<br />
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This style of pottery is named afetr Kamares cave where this style of pottery was first found
  • Minoan Kamares Ware beak spouted  jug with 2 handles and  polychrome decorations, Phaistos 1800-1650 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum.<br />
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This style of pottery is named afetr Kamares cave where this style of pottery was first found
  • Minoan Kamares "eggshell" ware cups with  with  polychrome decorations, from set found at Phaistos Palace 1800-1600 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, white background.<br />
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These cups found as parts of sets in Phaistos palace were names "eggshell" ware due to the very thin walls of the cups. This style of pottery is named afetr Kamares cave where this style of pottery was first found
  • Minoan Kamares "eggshell" ware cups with  with  polychrome decorations, from set found at Phaistos Palace 1800-1600 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.<br />
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These cups found as parts of sets in Phaistos palace were names "eggshell" ware due to the very thin walls of the cups. This style of pottery is named afetr Kamares cave where this style of pottery was first found
  • Minoan Kamares "eggshell" ware cups with  with  polychrome decorations, from set found at Phaistos Palace 1800-1600 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, black background.<br />
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These cups found as parts of sets in Phaistos palace were names "eggshell" ware due to the very thin walls of the cups. This style of pottery is named afetr Kamares cave where this style of pottery was first found
  • Minoan Kamares "eggshell" ware cups with  with  polychrome decorations, from set found at Phaistos Palace 1800-1600 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, white background.<br />
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These cups found as parts of sets in Phaistos palace were names "eggshell" ware due to the very thin walls of the cups. This style of pottery is named afetr Kamares cave where this style of pottery was first found
  • Minoan Kamares "eggshell" ware cups with  with  polychrome decorations, from set found at Phaistos Palace 1800-1600 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.<br />
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These cups found as parts of sets in Phaistos palace were names "eggshell" ware due to the very thin walls of the cups. This style of pottery is named afetr Kamares cave where this style of pottery was first found
  • Minoan Kamares "eggshell" ware cups with  with  polychrome decorations, from set found at Phaistos Palace 1800-1600 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.<br />
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These cups found as parts of sets in Phaistos palace were names "eggshell" ware due to the very thin walls of the cups. This style of pottery is named afetr Kamares cave where this style of pottery was first found
  • Minoan Kamares Ware beak spouted "teapot" with extended spout and  leaf polychrome decorations, Kamares Sacred Cave 1900-1700 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.<br />
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This style of pottery is named afetr Kamares cave where this style of pottery was first found
  • Minoan Kamares Ware beak spouted "teapot" with extended spout and  leaf polychrome decorations, Kamares Sacred Cave 1900-1700 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum.<br />
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This style of pottery is named afetr Kamares cave where this style of pottery was first found
  • Minoan Kamares Ware beak spouted "teapot" with extended spout and  leaf polychrome decorations, Kamares Sacred Cave 1900-1700 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.<br />
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This style of pottery is named afetr Kamares cave where this style of pottery was first found
  • Minoan Kamares Ware spouted jar with 2 handles with  polychrome decorations, Phaistos Palace 1800-1600 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, white background.<br />
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This style of pottery is named afetr Kamares cave where this style of pottery was first found
  • Minoan Kamares Ware spouted jar with 2 handles with  polychrome decorations, Phaistos Palace 1800-1600 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum.<br />
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This style of pottery is named afetr Kamares cave where this style of pottery was first found
  • Minoan Kamares Ware ewer jug with  polychrome decorations, Phaistos Palace 1800-1600 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.<br />
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This style of pottery is named afetr Kamares cave where this style of pottery was first found
  • Minoan Kamares Ware pithos storage container with  polychrome decorations, Phaistos 1800-1600 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.<br />
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This style of pottery is named afetr Kamares cave where this style of pottery was first found
  • Minoan Kamares Ware beak spouted ewer jug with  polychrome decorations, Phaistos 1800-1600 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, black background.<br />
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This style of pottery is named afetr Kamares cave where this style of pottery was first found
  • Luxury Minoan Kamares banqueting Ware  ewer with chequor board decorations , Knossos 1800-1700 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, white background.<br />
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This style of pottery is named afetr Kamares cave where this style of pottery was first found.
  • Luxury Minoan Kamares banqueting Ware  ewer with chequor board decorations , Knossos 1800-1700 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.<br />
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This style of pottery is named afetr Kamares cave where this style of pottery was first found.
  • Luxury Minoan Kamares banqueting Ware  krater richly decorated with appiique lilies, Phaistos  1800-1700 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum.<br />
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This style of pottery is named afetr Kamares cave where this style of pottery was first found.
  • Luxury Minoan Kamares banqueting Ware  krater richly decorated with appiique lilies, Phaistos  1800-1700 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.<br />
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This style of pottery is named afetr Kamares cave where this style of pottery was first found.
  • Minoan Kamares Ware ewer jug with polychrome & spiked decorations , Phaistos 1800-1700 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.<br />
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This style of pottery is named afetr Kamares cave where this style of pottery was first found
  • Minoan Kamares Ware ewer jug with polychrome decorations , Phaistos 1800-1700 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.<br />
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This style of pottery is named afetr Kamares cave where this style of pottery was first found
  • Minoan Kamares Ware ewer jug with applique seashell decorations , Phaistos 1800-1700 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum.<br />
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This style of pottery is named afetr Kamares cave where this style of pottery was first found
  • Minoan Kamares Ware pithos storage container with polychrome decorations , Phaistos 1800-1700 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, black background.<br />
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This style of pottery is named afetr Kamares cave where this style of pottery was first found
  • Minoan Kamares Ware jar with natural decorations of fish in a net, Phaistos 1900-1700 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, white background.<br />
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This pot is one of the earliest known examples of the shift of Minoan art towards depicting the natural world
  • Minoan Kamares Ware amphora  jug with polychrome  palm leaf decorations , Phaistos 1900-1700 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.<br />
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This style of pottery is named afetr Kamares cave where this style of pottery was first found
  • Luxury Minoan Kamares Ware Pseudostomos jug with spout and polychrome decorations , Phaistos 1900-1700 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum , white background.<br />
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This style of pottery is named afetr Kamares cave where this style of pottery was first found
  • Luxury Minoan Kamares Ware Pseudostomos jug with spout and polychrome decorations , Phaistos 1900-1700 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, black background.<br />
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This style of pottery is named afetr Kamares cave where this style of pottery was first found
  • Luxury Minoan Kamares Ware Pseudostomos jug with spout and polychrome decorations , Phaistos 1900-1700 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.<br />
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This style of pottery is named afetr Kamares cave where this style of pottery was first found
  • Minoan Kamares Ware with polychrome marine decorations , Phaistos 1800-1700 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, black background.<br />
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This style of pottery is named afetr Kamares cave where this style of pottery was first found
  • Minoan Kamares Ware with polychrome decorations , Phaistos 1900-1700 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum.<br />
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This style of pottery is named afetr Kamares cave where this style of pottery was first found
  • Minoan Kamares Ware with polychrome decorations on a rough prickly surface, Poros-Heraklion 1900-1700 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum.<br />
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This style of pottery is named afetr Kamares cave where this style of pottery was first found
  • Minoan Kamares Ware with polychrome decorations on a rough prickly surface, Phaistos 1900-1700 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, black background.<br />
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This style of pottery is named afetr Kamares cave where this style of pottery was first found
  • Minoan Kamares Ware with polychrome decorations on a rough prickly surface, Phaistos 1900-1700 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum.<br />
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This style of pottery is named afetr Kamares cave where this style of pottery was first found
  • Minoan Kamares Ware with polychrome decorations on a rough prickly surface, Phaistos 1900-1700 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, white background.<br />
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This style of pottery is named afetr Kamares cave where this style of pottery was first found
  • Minoan Kamares Ware with polychrome decorations on a rough prickly surface, Phaistos 1900-1700 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.<br />
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This style of pottery is named afetr Kamares cave where this style of pottery was first found
  • Minoan Kamares Ware with polychrome decorations , Phaistos 1900-1700 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum.<br />
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This style of pottery is named afetr Kamares cave where this style of pottery was first found
  • Minoan fruit stand with white and polychrome decorations , Poros-Heraklion 2100-1800 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, white background
  • Minoan decorated Kamares  style jug with swirl pattern, Poros cemetery 1800-1650 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum.
  • Minoan decorated Kamares  style jug decorated with leaves, Poros cemetery 1800-1650 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, black background.
  • Minoan decorated stirrup jar, Malia Palace 1600-1450 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, black background.
  • Minoan decorated stirrup jar, Malia Palace 1600-1450 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum.
  • Minoan decorated stirrup jar, Malia Palace 1600-1450 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.
  • Minoan decorated stirrup jar, Malia Palace 1600-1450 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum.
  • Minoan decorated fruit stand for export, Kommos Harbour 1600-1450 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, white background.
  • Minoan decorated jug for export, Kommos Harbour 1600-1450 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.
  • Minoan decorated fhython for export, Kommos Harbour 1600-1450 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.
  • Minoan decorated jug for export, Kommos Harbour 1600-1450 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, black background.
  • Minoan decorated jug for export, Kommos Harbour 1600-1450 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.
  • Minoan bridge souted jug with complex zig-zag decoration,  Sklavakambos 1500-1450 BC,  Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.
  • Minoan bridge souted jug with complex zig-zag decoration,  Sklavakambos 1500-1450 BC,  Heraklion Archaeological  Museum.
  • Minoan bridge souted jug with complex zig-zag decoration,  Sklavakambos 1500-1450 BC,  Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.
  • Minoan cylindrical cult vessel base used to support vessels full of offerings ,  1300-1100 BC,  Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, white background.<br />
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These cylindrical cult vessels were used until the Postpalatial period in the shrines of the godesses wth upraised arms
  • Minoan cylindrical cult vessel base used to support vessels full of offerings ,  1300-1100 BC,  Heraklion Archaeological  Museum .<br />
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These cylindrical cult vessels were used until the Postpalatial period in the shrines of the godesses wth upraised arms
  • Minoan vase decorated with circle motif , Poros-Heraklion 1700-1450 BC,  Heraklion Archaeological  Museum , black background
  • Minoan vase decorated with circle motif , Poros-Heraklion 1700-1450 BC,  Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background
  • Minoan vase decorated with circle motif , Poros-Heraklion 1700-1450 BC,  Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background
  • Minoan gull rhython cult vessel, Juktas 1900-1700 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.
  • Minoan pottery spouted vessel with incised design, 1900-1700 BC,  Hagia Triada, Heraklion Archaeological Museum, grey background.
  • Minoan claydecorated spouted Pseudostomos jug, Knossos Palace 1500-1450 BC BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, black background.
  • Minoan conical fluted stone rhython from the  Knossos  Palace 1600-1450 BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, black background.
  • Minoan Snake Goddess statue arms raised holding 2 snakes from the  Knossos-Temple Repositories 1650-1550 BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.<br />
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The snake goddess stauettes are the most important cult objects found in the Knossos Temple Repositories. Dressed in fine garmets with a close fitting bodice with large breats these goddesses represent fertility and the natural world.
  • Minoan decorated clay flask  from the  Knossos-Temple Repositories 1650-1550 BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum.
  • Minoan "Palace Style" clay decorated jars from the  Knossos-Isopata "Royal Tomb" 1600-1500 BC BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, black background.
  • Minoan  cult bronze double axe 'labrys',  1600-1400 BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.<br />
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In Minoan Crete, the double axe was an important sacred symbol of the supposed Minoan religion. In Crete it never accompanies male gods, only female goddesses. It seems that it was the symbol of the arche of the creation (Mater-arche).
  • Minoan  pottery gabled larnax coffin chest with bird and floral decorations,   1370-1250 BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.
  • Minoan  pottery gabled larnax coffin chest with foliage decorations,  Anthanatoi 1370-1250 BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, white background.
  • Minoan  pottery gabled larnax coffin chest with foliage decorations,  Anthanatoi 1370-1250 BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum.
  • Minoan  pottery coffin chest with gabled lid and winged griffin decoration, Palaikastro 1370-1300 BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, black background.<br />
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The larnax chest is decorated the same on both sides with a winged griffin, horns of consecration and double axes, lilies growing from a rock, a large bird and a fish among astral symbols
  • Minoan marble conical rhython, Zakros 1500-1400 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum.
  • Minoan marble conical rhython, Zakros 1500-1400 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, white background.
  • Minoan marble conical rhython, Zakros 1500-1400 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, black background.
  • Minoan small luxury rock crystal rhython with a handle of crstal deads and guilded ivory, Zakros Centural Sanctuary Complex  1500-1400 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, black background.
  • Minoan small luxury rock crystal rhython with a handle of crstal deads and guilded ivory, Zakros Centural Sanctuary Complex  1500-1400 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum.
  • Minoan small luxury rock crystal rhython with a handle of crstal deads and guilded ivory, Zakros Centural Sanctuary Complex  1500-1400 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.
  • Minoan marble fluted chalice with fine four fold walls, Zakros central sanctuary complex 1500-1400 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, black background.
  • Minoan decorated jug with Marine style shell decoration, Zakros Palace  1500-1450 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, white background.
  • Minoan domestic libation vessel with the relief of a bull, Hagia Triada 1900-1700 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, black background.
  • Minoan  ritual vessel with figure of eight handles imitating Egyptian prototypes, Hagia Triada Royal Villa 1500-1540 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.
  • Minoan  amphora imitating Egyptian prototypes, Hagia Triada Royal Villa 1500-1540 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.
  • Minoan clay male figurine in the attitude of worship, Chamezi 1900-1700 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, black background.
  • Minoan Postpalatial terracotta  goddess tablet with raised arms, Kannia Sanctuary,  Gortys, 1350-1250 BC, Heraklion Archaeological Museum, black background. <br />
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The Goddesses are crowned with symbols of earth and sky in the shapes of snakes and birds, describing attributes of the goddess as protector of nature.
  • Minoan Postpalatial terracotta  goddess statue with raised arms holding snakes, Kannia Sanctuary,  Gortys, 1350-1250 BC, Heraklion Archaeological Museum, grey background. <br />
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The Goddesses are crowned with symbols of earth and sky in the shapes of snakes and birds, describing attributes of the goddess as protector of nature.
  • Minoan cult model of a 3 wheeled chariot drawn by a bull with a charioteer,  Karphi Sanctuary 1200-1100 BC, Heraklion Archaeological Museum, grey background. <br />
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During this period both Minoan and Mycenaean graves were found in Karphi snctuary so these cult gods are attributable to both cultures
  • Minoan Postpalatial terracotta  "Poppy goddess: statue with raised arms and poppy seed crown,  Karphi Sanctuary 1300-1200 BC, Heraklion Archaeological Museum, black background. <br />
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The "Poppy Goddess" statuye is crowned with opium poppy seed heads. As opium is a hallucinogen that also sedates and has healing properties, experts assume this was the goddess of pain relief and healing/ During this period both Minoan and Mycenaean graves were found in Karphi snctuary so these cult gods are attributable to both cultures
  • Minoan Postpalatial terracotta  goddess statue with raised arms and bird crown,  Karphi Sanctuary 1200-1100 BC, Heraklion Archaeological Museum, grey background. <br />
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The Goddesses are crowned with symbols of earth and sky in the shapes of snakes and birds, describing attributes of the goddess as protector of nature.
  • Minoan  pottery bath tub  larnax decorated with stylised octopuses,  Episkopi-Lerapetra 1350-1250 BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.<br />
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To the Greeks, the Underworld was entered by water. As with many other Minoan bathtubs, this one was probably later used as a coffin to convey the deceased across the sea, where marine imagery would be equally appropriate. The two functions of bathtubs, bathing and burial, combine in the story of Agamemnon who, on return from Troy, was murdered by his wife and her lover in a silver bath.
  • Minoan pottery with stylised octopus decorations, 1500-1400 BC, Heraklion Archaeological Museum, white background.  <br />
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From Left to right<br />
1- flask with Marine style stylised octopus design,   Palaikastro,  1500-1450 BC; <br />
2.Minoan clay flask with octopus design, Speial Palatial Style , Pseira  1500-1400 BC BC, <br />
3- conical rhython with Marine style stylised octopus design,   Palaikastro 1500-1450 BC;
  • Minoan pottery with stylised octopus decorations, 1500-1400 BC, Heraklion Archaeological Museum.  <br />
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From Left to right<br />
1- flask with Marine style stylised octopus design,   Palaikastro,  1500-1450 BC; <br />
2.Minoan clay flask with octopus design, Speial Palatial Style , Pseira  1500-1400 BC BC, <br />
3- conical rhython with Marine style stylised octopus design,   Palaikastro 1500-1450 BC;
  • Minoan pottery with stylised octopus decorations, 1500-1400 BC, Heraklion Archaeological Museum.  <br />
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From Left to right<br />
1- Pseudostomos jug from Knossos-Venizeleio 1300-1200 BC, <br />
2- flask with Marine style stylised octopus design,   Palaikastro,  1500-1450 BC; <br />
3- conical rhython with Marine style stylised octopus design,   Palaikastro 1500-1450 BC; <br />
5- far right Krater Episkopi Lerapetra 1370-1250 BC,
  • Minoan clay pot decorted with a floral design , Knossos Palace 1500-1450 BC BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.
  • Minoan clay pot decorted with a floral design , Knossos Palace 1500-1450 BC BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum.
  • Minoan clay cup decorted design, Speial Palatial Style , Knossos Palace 1500-1450 BC BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.
  • Minoan clay vase with marine design, Speial Palatial Tradition , Knossos Palace 1500-1450 BC BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum.
  • Minoan stone ewer jug  with relief pattern from the  Knossos  Palace 1600-1450 BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum.
  • Minoan stone ewer jug  with relief pattern from the  Knossos  Palace 1600-1450 BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, black background.
  • Minoan conical fluted stone rhython from the  Knossos  Palace 1600-1450 BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.
  • Minoan stone cult vessel from the  Knossos Palace Repositories 1650-1550 BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.
  • Minoan decorated ewer jug  from the  Knossos-Little Palace 1600-1450 BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum.
  • Minoan clay basket shaped vessel with double axes decorations,  Special Palatial Tradition , Pseira  1500-1400 BC BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum.
  • Minoan  bronze spearhead from "warrior grave" at Knossos-Zafer Papoura,  1400-1300 BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, black background.
  • Minoan  cult bronze double axe 'labrys',  1600-1400 BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.<br />
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In Minoan Crete, the double axe was an important sacred symbol of the supposed Minoan religion. In Crete it never accompanies male gods, only female goddesses. It seems that it was the symbol of the arche of the creation (Mater-arche).
  • Minoan  pottery gabled larnax coffin chest with bird and papyrus decorations,   1300-1200 BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.
  • Minoan  pottery coffin chest with gabled lid and winged griffin decoration, Palaikastro 1370-1300 BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum.<br />
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The larnax chest is decorated the same on both sides with a winged griffin, horns of consecration and double axes, lilies growing from a rock, a large bird and a fish among astral symbols
  • Minoan  decorated rhython libation vessel with ring design, Gournia 1600-1450 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, black background.
  • Minoan clay vase with figure of eighy handles, Zakros Palace  1500-1450 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.
  • Minoan clay vase with figure of eighy handles, Zakros Palace  1500-1450 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.
  • Unusual Minoan  rhython  libation vessel consisting of hollow rings, Zakros Palace  1500-1450 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum.
  • Minoan  bridge spouted lidded jar decorated with flowers, Archanes Palace  1600-1450 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, white background.
  • Minoan  bridge spouted lidded jar decorated with flowers, Archanes Palace  1600-1450 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum.
  • Minoan  bridge spouted lidded jar decorated with flowers, Archanes Palace  1600-1450 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.

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