• Minoan  bull's head rhython libation vessel, Machlos 1500-1450 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, black background.
  • Minoan ritual offering vessel drom temple of snakes, 1700-1600 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background..
  • Minoan  bull's head rhython libation vessel, Machlos 1500-1450 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum.
  • Minoan  bull's head rhython libation vessel, Phaistos palace 1700-1600 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, white background.
  • Minoan domestic goddess figurine making gestures from the epiphany cycle, Hagia Triada 1900-1700 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 clay male figurine in the attitude of worship, Chamezi 1900-1700 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum.
  • 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 domestic goddess figurine making gestures from the epiphany cycle, Hagia Triada 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 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..
  • Minoan  bull's head rhython libation vessel, Machlos 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, white 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, grey background.
  • Minoan  amphora imitating Egyptian prototypes, Hagia Triada Royal Villa 1500-1540 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, white background.
  • Minoan  amphora imitating Egyptian prototypes, Hagia Triada Royal Villa 1500-1540 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum.
  • Minoan  amphora imitating Egyptian prototypes, Hagia Triada Royal Villa 1500-1540 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.
  • Minoan cylindrical pyxis with lid (jewel box) with incised decoration, Knossos 1900-1800 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  bull's head rhython libation vessel, Machlos 1500-1450 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.
  • Minoan domestic libation vessel with the relief of a bull, 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  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.
  • 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, 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  beak spouted jug with double axe and sacred knot  decoration, Hagia Triada Royal Villa 1500-1540 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum.
  • Minoan clay female 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 cylindrical pyxis with lid (jewel box) with incised decoration, Knossos 1900-1800 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, black background.
  • 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 cylindrical pyxis with lid (jewel box) with incised decoration, Knossos 1900-1800 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum.
  • Minoan clay female figurine in the attitude of worship, Chamezi 1900-1700 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, white background.
  • Minoan clay model of a divine figure on a swing , Agia Triada 1700-1600 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, black background.
  • Minoan ritual offering vessel drom temple of snakes,1700-1600 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, white background.
  • Minoan  bull's head rhython libation vessel, Phaistos palace 1700-1600 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, black background.
  • Minoan  bull's head rhython libation vessel, Phaistos palace 1700-1600 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.
  • Minoan domestic libation vessel with the relief of a bull, Hagia Triada 1900-1700 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, black background.
  • Minoan cylindrical pyxis with lid (jewel box) with incised decoration, Knossos 1900-1800 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum.
  • 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  bull's head rhython libation vessel, Phaistos palace 1700-1600 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  amphora imitating Egyptian prototypes, Hagia Triada Royal Villa 1500-1540 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.
  • Minoan clay female figurine in the attitude of worship, Chamezi 1900-1700 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.
  • 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.
  • Minoan domestic libation vessel with the relief of a bull, Hagia Triada 1900-1700 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum.
  • 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, black background.
  • Minoan clay female figurine in the attitude of worship, Chamezi 1900-1700 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, black background.
  • Minoan clay male figurine in the attitude of worship, Chamezi 1900-1700 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, black background.
  • Minoan clay male figurine in the attitude of worship, Chamezi 1900-1700 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.
  • Minoan  bull's head rhython libation vessel, Phaistos palace 1700-1600 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum.
  • Minoan clay male figurine in the attitude of worship, Chamezi 1900-1700 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, white background.
  • Minoan  bull's head rhython libation vessel, Machlos 1500-1450 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.
  • Minoan domestic goddess figurine making gestures from the epiphany cycle, Hagia Triada 1900-1700 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, white background.
  • Minoan domestic goddess figurine making gestures from the epiphany cycle, Hagia Triada 1900-1700 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum.
  • Minoan  beak spouted jug with double axe and sacred knot  decoration, Hagia Triada Royal Villa 1500-1540 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, white background.
  • Minoan cylindrical pyxis with lid (jewel box) with incised decoration, Knossos 1900-1800 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, white 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 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 vase with floral design, Speial Palatial Tradition , Knossos Palace 1500-1450 BC BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.
  • 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 decorated jug with Marine style shell decoration, Zakros 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 decorated two handled Ephyraean goblet  with stylised floral design , Konssos  'Unexplored Mansion" 1450-1370 BC; 1400-1250 BC; Heraklion Archaeological Museum.
  • Minoan decorated pithos stirrup jar , Zafer Papoura 1400-1250 BC; Heraklion Archaeological Museum, grey background
  • Minoan clay ritual vessel with figure of eight handles, Isopata 1450-1300 BC, Heraklion Archaeological Museum, grey background
  • Minoan linea A tablet with administative script,  Knossos 1800-1450 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
  • 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, 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 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 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
  • Minoan decorated stirrup jar, Malia Palace 1600-1450 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.
  • 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, black background.
  • Minoan vase decorated with circle motif , Poros-Heraklion 1700-1450 BC,  Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background
  • Minoan conical fluted stone rhython from the  Knossos  Palace 1600-1450 BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.
  • Minoan cult model of a 3 wheeled chariot drawn by a bull with a charioteer,  Karphi Sanctuary 1200-1100 BC, Heraklion Archaeological Museum, white 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 2 handled flask with Marine style stylised octopus design,   Palaikastro,  1500-1450 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background
  • 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 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 with stylised octopus decorations, 1500-1400 BC, Heraklion Archaeological Museum, white 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 clay decorated ewer jug, Speial Palatial Tradition , Knossos Palace 1500-1450 BC BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum.
  • Minoan clay vase with marine design, Speial Palatial Tradition , Knossos Palace 1500-1450 BC BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, black background.
  • Minoan  cult bronze double axe 'labrys' &  bronze spearhead from "warrior grave" at Knossos-Zafer Papoura,  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  cult bronze double axe 'labrys',  1600-1400 BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, black 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 larnax coffin chest with fstylised floral decorations,  Episkopi-Lerapetra 1350-1250 BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, black background.
  • Minoan  pottery larnax coffin chest with fstylised floral decorations,  Episkopi-Lerapetra 1350-1250 BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum.
  • Minoan  rhython jug with single handlel, Gournia 1600-1450 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum.
  • Minoan decorated stirrup jar with swirl design, Zakros Palace  1500-1400 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.
  • 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 rhython with relief decoration, Zakros Palace  1600-1450 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.
  • Minoan rhython with painted decoration, Zakros Palace  1600-1450 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, black background.
  • Minoan bridge spouted jars decorated with flowers, Archanes Palace  1600-1450 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, black background.
  • Minoan small bridge spouted jars decorated with lilies, Machlos 1500-1400 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum.
  • Minoan  ewer with dense reeds design, by the "Reed Painter" , Phaistos Palace 1500-1450 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, black background.
  • Minoan ritual rhython  with flower shaped mouth and decorations, Phaistos 1800-1700 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, white 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 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, grey background.
  • The Minoan clay burial larnax chest with swirl design,  Neopalatial period 1700-1450 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.
  • The Minoan clay burial pithos with skeleton in foetal,  Neopalatial period 1700-1450 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, white background.<br />
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The body was placed in a foetal postion to aid insertion into the wide mouthed pithos
  • The Minoan spouted jug with floral design , Kamilari 1500-1300  BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background
  • Minoan decorated bag shaped clay alabastra , Konssos-Little Palace 1450-1370 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, white background, black 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 decoratedmale figure shaped jug  , Konssos  'Unexplored Mansion" 1450-1370 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, white background
  • Minoan decorated two handled Ephyraean goblet  with stylised floral design , Konssos  'Unexplored Mansion" 1450-1370 BC; 1400-1250 BC; Heraklion Archaeological Museum, black 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 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, black background
  • 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 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, 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 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 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.
  • Very early Minoan rounded 2 handled 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, grey 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, black background.
  • Early Minoan decorated clay jugs ,  Michlos Cemetery 2600-1900 BC BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.
  • Early Minoan round metal jewel box with a dog in relief on lid,  George of the Dead 2600-2300 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 .
  • 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.
  • 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.<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, 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 beak spouted  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 "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.<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
  • Luxury Minoan Kamares banqueting Ware fruit stand richly decorated, 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 "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 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  jug with polychrome decorations, Phaistos 1800-1650 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  krater richly decorated with appiique lilies, Phaistos  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.
  • 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 amphora  jug with polychrome  palm leaf 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
  • Luxury Minoan Kamares Ware ewer jug with 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
  • Luxury Minoan Kamares Ware ewer jug with 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
  • 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
  • Luxury Minoan Kamares Ware storage pot with handles and polychrome floral 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 leaf decorations , Poros-Heraklion 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 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 , 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 decorated double ewer with crocus flower  design,  Poros Heraklion 1800-1650 BC;  Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.
  • Minoan decorated stirrup jar, Malia Palace 1600-1450 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum.
  • 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 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 brazier cult vessel for burning offerings with charcoal,  1400-1350 BC,  Heraklion Archaeological  Museum , grey background.<br />
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These brazier cult vessels were used to burn offerings in the chamber tombs for purification
  • Minoan vase decorated with circle motif , Poros-Heraklion 1700-1450 BC,  Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background
  • Early Cretian Minoan bird shaped  clay vessel, 2300-1900 BC,  Heraklion Archaeological  Museum  .
  • Minoan Snake Goddess statue with snakes entwined around her from the  Knossos-Temple Repositories 1650-1550 BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, black 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, grey background.
  • Minoan stone ewer jug from the  Knossos-Isopata "Royal Tomb" 1600-1500 BC BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.
  • Minoan "Palace Style" clay decorated jars from the  Knossos-Isopata "Royal Tomb" 1600-1500 BC BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.
  • Minoan "Palace Style" clay decorated jars from the  Knossos-Isopata "Royal Tomb" 1600-1500 BC BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.
  • Minoan dagger with elaborate gold perforated hilt , Quartier Mu Malia 1800-1600 BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum.<br />
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This dagger would have been a status object signifying rank and authority in the Malia Palace hierachy
  • Minoan  pottery gabled larnax coffin chest with bird and papyrus decorations,   1300-1200 BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, black background.
  • Minoan  pottery gabled larnax coffin chest with bird and floral decorations,   1370-1250 BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum.
  • Minoan stone conical rhython with carved ring decoration, Zakros 1500-1400 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum.
  • Minoan stone chalice made of spotted Nisyros Obsidian, Zakros central sanctuary complex 1500-1400 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum.
  • Minoan stone chalice made of spotted Nisyros Obsidian, Zakros central sanctuary complex 1500-1400 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.
  • Minoan rhython with painted decoration, Zakros Palace  1600-1450 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, white background, white background.
  • Minoan decorated bull shaped rhython (rhytha) for ritual liquid offerings, Phaistos 1800-1650 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, white background.
  • Minoan 2 handled flask with Marine style stylised octopus design,   Palaikastro,  1500-1450 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background
  • The Minoan domestic vessels, a bowl on stand, Early Protopalatial period, Knossos,  2100-1900 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, white background
  • Minoan decorated two handled Ephyraean goblet  with stylised floral design , Konssos  'Unexplored Mansion" 1450-1370 BC; 1400-1250 BC; Heraklion Archaeological Museum, grey 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 pithos stirrup jar with floral design , Zafer Papoura 1400-1250 BC; Heraklion Archaeological Museum.
  • 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 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 linea A tablet recording flocks of sheep, goats, oxen and pigs at "wa-to",  1800-1450 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, 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, white 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, grey background.<br />
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Made of grey clay these pots are the earliest found in the Lebena vaulted tombs
  • Minoan spouted jar with raised decorations, Archanes Phoumi 2100-1900 BC BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum.
  • Minoan Kamares Ware vessels  with  polychrome decorations, Phaistos Palace 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 fruit stand richly decorated, Phaistos  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 fruit stand richly decorated, 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 spouted jug with 2 handles 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 spouted jug with 2 handles with  polychrome decorations, Phaistos Palace 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
  • Minoan Kamares Ware amphora  jug with polychrome  palm leaf 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
  • Minoan terracotta beak spouted libation jugs , Poros-Heraklion 1600-1450 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.
  • Minoan decorated Kamares  style jug with swirl pattern,  Poros cemetery 1800-1650 BC;  Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, black background.
  • Minoan decorated jug for export, Kommos Harbour 1600-1450 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, black background.
  • Minoan  bull's head rhython libation vessel, Gournia 1600-1450 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background
  • Minoan pottery with stylised octopus decorations, 1500-1400 BC, Heraklion Archaeological Museum, black 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 clay pot decorted with a floral design , Knossos Palace 1500-1450 BC BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum.
  • 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 Snake Goddess statue with snakes entwined around her from the  Knossos-Temple Repositories 1650-1550 BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum.<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 Snake Goddess statue with snakes entwined around her 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 ewer jug  from the  Knossos-Temple Repositories 1650-1550 BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, black background.
  • Minoan decorated clay flask  from the  Knossos-Temple Repositories 1650-1550 BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum.
  • Minoan bull shaped rhython libation vessel decorated with a net pattern , Pseira  1500-1400 BC BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum.<br />
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The net pattern over the bull and its cut horns signify that it is a wild bull intended for sacrifice.
  • 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).
  • 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
  • Minoan marble fluted chalice with fine four fold walls, Zakros central sanctuary complex 1500-1400 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, black 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, grey background.
  • Minoan small bridge spouted jars decorated with lilies, Machlos 1500-1400 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, black 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 decorated jug with sun design, Phaistos Palace 1500-1450 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, black background.
  • Minoan luxury "teapot" with elaborate spout from 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 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, white background.
  • 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 decorated jug decorated with stylised papyrus, Palaikastro,  1500-1450 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum.
  • 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
  • The Minoan decorated clay alabastron burial vessels with geometric design , Kamilari 1500-1300  BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, black 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
  • 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 clay ritual vessel with figure of eight handles, Tomb of the Double Axes, Isopata 1450-1300 BC, Heraklion Archaeological Museum, white background
  • Minoan boar's tusk helmet with cheek guards,1450-1300 BC, Heraklion Archaeological Museum.  More below......<br />
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This restored boars tusk helmet was described in Homers Iliad being worn by Cretan hero Meriones. It bis believed that the helmet was ceremonial depicting the rank of an officer.
  • Minoan Postpalatial terracotta  goddess statue 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, Kannia Sanctuary,  Gortys, 1350-1250 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  goddess statue with raised arms and a crown of 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 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 Postpalatial terracotta  goddess statue with raised arms,  Karphi Sanctuary 1200-1100 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 Postpalatial terracotta  goddess statue with raised arms,  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 a stylised crocus flower ,  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 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, 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, 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.
  • 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
  • Early Minoan rounded teapot with typical brownish red painted bhatched lines,  Hagios Onouphrios 2900-1900 BC BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum.
  • Minoan Kamares Ware beak spouted "teapot" with herb strainer and  polychrome decorations, Phaistos 1800-1650 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, 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, 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 "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 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

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