• Minoan  pottery coffin chest coffin with gabled lid decorated with a net pattern,  Tylissos-Panokklisia 1350-1250 BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.
  • Minoan Bull wall art fresco , West Bastion, Knossos Palace, 1600-1450 BC. Heraklion Archaeological Museum.  Grey Background. <br />
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The Minoan Bull fresco was part of a larger composition which probably had a hunter or bull leaper in it. It is a masterpiece of Minoan naturalism and a work of high quality and expresive power.
  • Minoan 'Papyrus wall art fresco from the 'House of Frescoes' Knossos Palace, 1600-1500 BC. Heraklion Archaeological Museum.  Grey Background.
  • Minoan 'Sacred Grove and Dance Freco', wall art from Knossos Palace, 1600-1450 BC. Heraklion Archaeological Museum.   Grey Background. <br />
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This Neopalatial period Minoan fredco comes from thecauseway of the west facade of the palace complex.
  • The Minoan 'Dolphin Fresco' wall art from the Queen's Megaron, Knossos Palace, 1600-1450 BC. Heraklion Archaeological Museum.  White Background. <br />
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Two dolphins are depicted swimming amongst small fish .
  • Minoan floral wall art fresco from Knossos Palace, 1600-1300 BC. Heraklion Archaeological Museum.  Grey Background.
  • Minoan 'Prince of the Lilies' wall art freco, Knossos Palace, 1600-1450 BCHeraklion Archaeological Museum.  Grey Background. <br />
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An emblematic image of Minoan Crete this fresco was part of a larger composition in high relief. The fresco depicts a life size figure wearing a coloured kilt with a cod piece and a belt. A majestic crown on his head is adorned with papyrus lilies and peacock feathers. Neopalatial Period.
  • The Minoan 'Cup Bearer' from the 'Procession Fresco', wall art from the South Prpylaeum, Knossos Palace, 1500-1400 BC . Heraklion Archaeological Museum.<br />
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The 'Cup Bearer' depicts a youth with long black hair, a naked torso and a richly decorated kilt carrying a large silver rhuyhon ceremonial vessel. This large Minoan fresco of many figure in procession would have decorated the corridor between the West Porch and the South Propylaeum of Knossos Palace. Both sides of the corridor were painted with hundreds of male and femal;e figures carrying precious utensils and vessels, probably depicting gift bearers to the ruler of the Palace. The composition is much like those found in the Palaces and tombs of Egypt and the near east at the time. Neopalatial final period.
  • The Minoan 'Cup Bearer' from the 'Procession Fresco', wall art from the South Prpylaeum, Knossos Palace, 1500-1400 BC . Heraklion Archaeological Museum.  White Background. <br />
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The 'Cup Bearer' depicts a youth with long black hair, a naked torso and a richly decorated kilt carrying a large silver rhuyhon ceremonial vessel. This large Minoan fresco of many figure in procession would have decorated the corridor between the West Porch and the South Propylaeum of Knossos Palace. Both sides of the corridor were painted with hundreds of male and femal;e figures carrying precious utensils and vessels, probably depicting gift bearers to the ruler of the Palace. The composition is much like those found in the Palaces and tombs of Egypt and the near east at the time. Neopalatial final period.
  • Minoan cay vase with painted goat in a crocus landscape from Akrotiri, Thira (Santorini), National Archaeological Museum Athens. 17th-16th cent BC.<br />
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 From the French Archaeological School in Athens collection.
  • Elaborate Minoan amphora  of veined stone with double mouth and s shaped handles, Zakros Central Sanctuary  1500-1400 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.
  • Minoan stone conical rhython with carved ring decoration, Zakros 1500-1400 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum.
  • Minoan Clorite rhython with traces of guilding depicting goats in an open air sanctuary, Zakros Palace  1500-1400 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum.<br />
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The snctuary is delimited by a tripartite facade with a doorway, decorated with spirals and four posts. An enclosure has walls with horns of consecration. Inside are two altars and a podium
  • Minoan stone conical rhython with fluted 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, white background.
  • Minoan stone chalice made of spotted Nisyros Obsidian, Zakros central sanctuary complex 1500-1400 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 ritual offering vessel drom temple of snakes, 1700-1600 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 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 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 'Sacred Knot" fresco wall art depicting the religious apotropaic symbol, Nirou Chani 1600-1450 BC . Heraklion Archaeological Museum.
  • Minoan 'Sacred Knot" fresco wall art depicting the religious apotropaic symbol, Nirou Chani 1600-1450 BC . Heraklion Archaeological Museum.
  • Minoan 'Sacred Knot" fresco wall art depicting the religious apotropaic symbol, Nirou Chani 1600-1450 BC . Heraklion Archaeological Museum.,white background
  • The Minoan "Three columned Shrine" minture fresco Knossos-Palace, 1700-1450 BC . Heraklion Archaeological Museum. black background<br />
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The freco depicts a portico with columns on which double axes are fixed, separated by horns of consecration, on a balustrade decorated with rosettes
  • 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- 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, 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 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 plaque depicting a cow suckiling its calf  from the  Knossos-Temple Repositories 1650-1550 BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum.
  • Minoan plaque depicting a cow suckiling its calf  from the  Knossos-Temple Repositories 1650-1550 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.
  • The Minoan 'Dolphin Fresco' wall art from the Queen's Megaron, Knossos Palace, 1600-1450 BC. Heraklion Archaeological Museum.<br />
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Two dolphins are depicted swimming amongst small fish .
  • Minoan Bull wall art fresco , West Bastion, Knossos Palace, 1600-1450 BC. Heraklion Archaeological Museum.<br />
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The Minoan Bull fresco was part of a larger composition which probably had a hunter or bull leaper in it. It is a masterpiece of Minoan naturalism and a work of high quality and expresive power.
  • The Minoan 'Procession Fresco', wall art from the South Prpylaeum, Knossos Palace, 1500-1400 BC . Heraklion Archaeological Museum.  Grey Background. <br />
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This latrge Minoan fresco of many figure in procession would have decorated the corridor between the West Porch and the South Propylaeum of Knossos Palace. Both sides of the corridor were painted with hundreds of male and femal;e figures carrying precious utensils and vessels, probably depicting gift bearers to the ruler of the Palace. The composition is much like those found in the Palaces and tombs of Egypt and the near east at the time. Neopalatial final period.
  • The Minoan 'Procession Fresco', wall art from the South Prpylaeum, Knossos Palace, 1500-1400 BC . Heraklion Archaeological Museum.  Grey Background. <br />
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This latrge Minoan fresco of many figure in procession would have decorated the corridor between the West Porch and the South Propylaeum of Knossos Palace. Both sides of the corridor were painted with hundreds of male and femal;e figures carrying precious utensils and vessels, probably depicting gift bearers to the ruler of the Palace. The composition is much like those found in the Palaces and tombs of Egypt and the near east at the time. Neopalatial final period.
  • The Minoan 'Partridge Fresco', wall art from the  'Guset House' Knossos Palace, 1600-140 BC. Heraklion Archaeological Museum.  Grey Background. <br />
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This Minoan fresco was painted in vivid colours using fine brush strokes and colour gradients. It portrays partridges , commonly found in Crete, among rocks and thopical Cretian flora. It decorated the pavillion in the so called 'Guset House' or 'Caravanserai.
  • Minoan Bull wall art fresco , West Bastion, Knossos Palace, 1600-1450 BC. Heraklion Archaeological Museum.<br />
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The Minoan Bull fresco was part of a larger composition which probably had a hunter or bull leaper in it. It is a masterpiece of Minoan naturalism and a work of high quality and expresive power.
  • Minoan 'Blue Monkey' wall art fresco from the 'House of Frescoes' Knossos Palace, 1600-1500 BC. Heraklion Archaeological Museum.  Grey Background.
  • The Minoan 'Procession Fresco', wall art from the South Prpylaeum, Knossos Palace, 1500-1400 BC . Heraklion Archaeological Museum.  Grey Background. <br />
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This latrge Minoan fresco of many figure in procession would have decorated the corridor between the West Porch and the South Propylaeum of Knossos Palace. Both sides of the corridor were painted with hundreds of male and femal;e figures carrying precious utensils and vessels, probably depicting gift bearers to the ruler of the Palace. The composition is much like those found in the Palaces and tombs of Egypt and the near east at the time. Neopalatial final period.
  • Minoan wall art fresco from the Throne Room of Knossos, 1450-1300 BC. Heraklion Archaeological Museum.  Grey Background. <br />
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This Minoan fresco depicts griffins and palm trees
  • Minoan wall art depicting 'Blue Monkeys' from Knossos Palace, 1700-1450 BC. Heraklion Archaeological Museum.
  • Minoan wall art fresco of 'Ladies in Blue' from Knossos Palace 1600-1450 BC. Heraklion Archaeological Museum.  White Background. <br />
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The 'Ladies in Blue' Minoan fresco depicts richy dressed female figures with opulent jewelery and clothing with flamboyant hairstyles refecting the wealth of the Palace of Knossos
  • Minoan fresco panel from the 'Lily Frescoes' from the 'Villa of the Lilies' Amnisos, 1600-1500 BC. Heraklion Archaeological Museum. Black Background. <br />
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Ths freco depicts white lilies against a red background and red lilies against w white backgoround with long stems in front of a fence. The wall art uses fresco and 'in cavo' technique. Neopalatial Period.
  • Minoan wall art fresco depicting a female figure, Neopalatial Period, C.1450 BC. Pseira, Crete. Heraklion Archaeological Museum. Black Background.
  • Minoan wall art fresco from the Throne Room of Knossos, 1450-1300 BC. Heraklion Archaeological Museum. Black Background. <br />
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This Minoan fresco depicts griffins and palm trees
  • The Minoan 'Procession Fresco', wall art from the South Prpylaeum, Knossos Palace, 1500-1400 BC . Heraklion Archaeological Museum.<br />
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This latrge Minoan fresco of many figure in procession would have decorated the corridor between the West Porch and the South Propylaeum of Knossos Palace. Both sides of the corridor were painted with hundreds of male and femal;e figures carrying precious utensils and vessels, probably depicting gift bearers to the ruler of the Palace. The composition is much like those found in the Palaces and tombs of Egypt and the near east at the time. Neopalatial final period.
  • Minoan fresco panel from the 'Lily Frescoes' from the 'Villa of the Lilies' Amnisos, 1600-1500 BC. Heraklion Archaeological Museum.  White Background. <br />
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Ths freco depicts white lilies against a red background and red lilies against w white backgoround with long stems in front of a fence. The wall art uses fresco and 'in cavo' technique. Neopalatial Period.
  • Minoan Bull wall art fresco , West Bastion, Knossos Palace, 1600-1450 BC. Heraklion Archaeological Museum. Black Background. <br />
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The Minoan Bull fresco was part of a larger composition which probably had a hunter or bull leaper in it. It is a masterpiece of Minoan naturalism and a work of high quality and expresive power.
  • Minoan 'Prince of the Lilies' wall art freco, Knossos Palace, 1600-1450 BCHeraklion Archaeological Museum. Black Background. <br />
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An emblematic image of Minoan Crete this fresco was part of a larger composition in high relief. The fresco depicts a life size figure wearing a coloured kilt with a cod piece and a belt. A majestic crown on his head is adorned with papyrus lilies and peacock feathers. Neopalatial Period.
  • Minoan 'Sacred Grove and Dance Freco', wall art from Knossos Palace, 1600-1450 BC. Heraklion Archaeological Museum.   White Background. <br />
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This Neopalatial period Minoan fredco comes from thecauseway of the west facade of the palace complex.
  • Minoan cylindrical vessel decorated with leafy bands, Akrotiri, Thira (Santorini) National Archaeological Museum Athens. 17th-16th cent BC.<br />
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The vessels bottom is pierced so was probably used like a rhython during ceremonies.
  • Minoan Thiran conical rhython decorated with vertical bands of wavy lines, Akrotiri, Thira (Santorini) National Archaeological Museum Athens. 17th-16th cent BC.
  • Tall elegant Minoan polychrome jug decorated with reeds, Akrotiri, Thira (Santorini) National Archaeological Museum Athens. 17th-16th cent BC.
  • Large Minoan polychrome jug decorated with dolphins, Akrotiri, Thira (Santorini) National Archaeological Museum Athens. 17th-16th cent BC.<br />
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The illustrated dolphins on this jug are swimming happily in a marine scape, by the same painter as the 'Galloping Lions' jug
  • Minoan clay polychrome pithoid jar with painted circles, Akrotiri, Thira (Santorini) National Archaeological Museum Athens. 17th-16th cent BC.
  • The Spring fresco Minoan Wall painting from Akrotiri, National archaeological Musuem Athens Minoan artefact. 17th-16th cent BC.<br />
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The Minoan 'Spring Fresco' is the only fresco found in situ at Akritiri covering three walls. It depicts the rocky Theran lanscape of Santorini before the volcanic eruption: clusetrs of red lilies with yellow stems dominate the red and grey volcanic rock formations. Swallows swoop above, either alone or in pairs animating the scene and announcing natures annual rebirth of Spring.<br />
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The Spring fresco has an opulent use of colours and a lively movement bu the lilies swaying in the wind as well as the swallows at play. Room D2 Complex D.
  • The Spring fresco Minoan Wall painting from Akrotiri, National archaeological Musuem Athens Minoan artefact. 17th-16th cent BC.<br />
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The Minoan 'Spring Fresco' is the only fresco found in situ at Akritiri covering three walls. It depicts the rocky Theran lanscape of Santorini before the volcanic eruption: clusetrs of red lilies with yellow stems dominate the red and grey volcanic rock formations. Swallows swoop above, either alone or in pairs animating the scene and announcing natures annual rebirth of Spring.<br />
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The Spring fresco has an opulent use of colours and a lively movement bu the lilies swaying in the wind as well as the swallows at play. Room D2 Complex D.
  • Minoan 'Boxing Children' fresco Wall painting from Akrotiri, Thira (Santorini). National archaeological Musuem Athens artefact. 17th-16th cent BC.<br />
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The 'Boxing Children' fresco depicts two naked boys wearing belts and boxing gloves. Their heads are shaved but for two long locks at the back and two shorter ones on their forehead. Their dark complexion indicated thair gender. The boy on the left is the more reserved of the two and wears jewelry consisting of a necklace and two bracelets, one on his arm and the other around his ankle, which indicated his higher social status. From room B1 of building B.
  • Minoan marble conical rhython, Zakros 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, 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, grey background.
  • Minoan stone chalice made of spotted Nisyros Obsidian, Zakros central sanctuary complex 1500-1400 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum.
  • Minoan rhython with painted decoration, Zakros Palace  1600-1450 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, white background, white background.
  • 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, grey background.
  • Minoan domestic libation vessel with the relief of a bull, 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.
  • Minoan clay male figurine in the attitude of worship, Chamezi 1900-1700 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.
  • Minoan decorated bull shaped rhython (rhytha) for ritual liquid offerings, 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.
  • Minoan 2 handled flask with Marine style stylised octopus design,   Palaikastro,  1500-1450 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum.
  • 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 domestic vessels, a bowl on stand, Early Protopalatial period, Knossos,  2100-1900 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, white 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 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, grey background
  • Minoan decorated two handled Ephyraean goblet  with stylised octopus design , Konssos  'Unexplored Mansion" 1450-1370 BC; 1400-1250 BC; Heraklion Archaeological Museum.
  • Minoan decorated pithos stirrup jar with floral design , Zafer Papoura 1400-1250 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 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  pottery bath tub  larnax decorated with stylised octopuses,  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 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 "wa-to",  1800-1450 BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.
  • 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.
  • 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, 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
  • Early Minoan rounded teapot with typical brownish red painted bhatched lines,  Hagios Onouphrios 2900-1900 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 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, 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, 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, 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
  • 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
  • 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  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 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, 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 , 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.<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 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 decorated fhython for export, Kommos Harbour 1600-1450 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.
  • Minoan  bull's head rhython libation vessel, Gournia 1600-1450 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background
  • The Minoan 'Bull leaping' fresco depicting an athlete leaping over a bulls back,  Knossos-Palace, 1600-1400 BC . Heraklion Archaeological Museum.<br />
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there are 3 participants, two white skinned women and one brown skinned man. One female athele is restraining the bull ny the horns to slow it down as the male athlete performs a backward summersault ober the bulls back. The second female athlete waits to catch the leaper.<br />
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The fresco was found on the east side of the palace of Knossos together with fragments depicting different stages of bull leaping.
  • 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 bridge souted jug with complex zig-zag decoration,  Sklavakambos 1500-1450 BC,  Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.
  • Minoan decorted   clay 2 handled pot , Knossos Palace 1500-1450 BC BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum.black background Cat No: 15047
  • Minoan claydecorated spouted Pseudostomos jug, Knossos Palace 1500-1450 BC BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, black background.
  • 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 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 wall art freco depicting a procession leading a goat from Agia Triada (Hagia Triada) Crete. 1450-1300 BC. Heraklion Archaeological Museum.  Grey Background. <br />
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This minoan fresco found at the minoan settlement of Hagia Triada, depicts a sacrifical procession leading animals to be sacrificed.
  • Minoan wall art fresco of a 'figure of eight' shield from Knossos Palace, 1450-1300 BC. Heraklion Archaeological Museum.<br />
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The Final Palatial Period Minoan fresco is from the Grand Staircase of the Palace of Knossos and is a Trompe-l'œil  of minoan warriors shields covered with ox hide.
  • Minoan Bull wall art fresco , West Bastion, Knossos Palace, 1600-1450 BC. Heraklion Archaeological Museum.<br />
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The Minoan Bull fresco was part of a larger composition which probably had a hunter or bull leaper in it. It is a masterpiece of Minoan naturalism and a work of high quality and expresive power.
  • Minoan wall art freco depicting a procession leading a goat from Agia Triada (Hagia Triada) Crete. 1450-1300 BC. Heraklion Archaeological Museum.  Grey Background. <br />
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This minoan fresco found at the minoan settlement of Hagia Triada, depicts a sacrifical procession leading animals to be sacrificed.
  • The Minoan 'Partridge Fresco', wall art from the  'Guset House' Knossos Palace, 1600-140 BC. Heraklion Archaeological Museum.  White Background. <br />
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This Minoan fresco was painted in vivid colours using fine brush strokes and colour gradients. It portrays partridges , commonly found in Crete, among rocks and thopical Cretian flora. It decorated the pavillion in the so called 'Guset House' or 'Caravanserai.
  • The painted Minoan Hagia Triada Sarcophagus 1370-1300 BC. Heraklion Archaeological Museum.  Grey Background. <br />
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The limestone Hagia Triada Sarcophagus is painted with frescoes depicting the ceremonies honouring the dead.
  • Minoan high relief wall art fresco of Griffins, Gret East Hall, Knossos. 1600-1450 BC. Heraklion Archaeological Museum.  White Background. <br />
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This minoan high relief fresco decorated the Great East Hall of Knossos palace. The decoration of the hall included religious scenes depicting boxing, and bull leaping games.
  • The Minoan 'Cup Bearer' from the 'Procession Fresco', wall art from the South Prpylaeum, Knossos Palace, 1500-1400 BC . Heraklion Archaeological Museum.<br />
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The 'Cup Bearer' depicts a youth with long black hair, a naked torso and a richly decorated kilt carrying a large silver rhuyhon ceremonial vessel. This large Minoan fresco of many figure in procession would have decorated the corridor between the West Porch and the South Propylaeum of Knossos Palace. Both sides of the corridor were painted with hundreds of male and femal;e figures carrying precious utensils and vessels, probably depicting gift bearers to the ruler of the Palace. The composition is much like those found in the Palaces and tombs of Egypt and the near east at the time. Neopalatial final period.
  • The Minoan 'Blue Boy' or 'Saffron Gatherer' wall art fresco from Knossos Palace, 1600-1300 BC. Heraklion Archaeological Museum.  White Background.
  • Minoan high relief wall art fresco of Griffins, Gret East Hall, Knossos. 1600-1450 BC. Heraklion Archaeological Museum. Black Background. <br />
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This minoan high relief fresco decorated the Great East Hall of Knossos palace. The decoration of the hall included religious scenes depicting boxing, and bull leaping games.
  • Minoan wall art fresco of a 'figure of eight' shield from Knossos Palace, 1450-1300 BC. Heraklion Archaeological Museum.  Grey Background. <br />
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The Final Palatial Period Minoan fresco is from the Grand Staircase of the Palace of Knossos and is a Trompe-l'œil  of minoan warriors shields covered with ox hide.
  • The Minoan 'Saffron Gatherer' wall art fresco, from 'House of Frescoes' Knossos Palace. 1700-1450 BC. Heraklion Archaeological Museum.<br />
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The 'Saffron Gatherers' fresco depicts a blue monket gatering saffron crocuses and placing them in a basket. The saffron is thought to have been a gift to the 'Great Goddess'. One of the earliest frescoes from Knossos.
  • The Minoan 'Procession Fresco', wall art from the South Prpylaeum, Knossos Palace, 1500-1400 BC . Heraklion Archaeological Museum.<br />
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This latrge Minoan fresco of many figure in procession would have decorated the corridor between the West Porch and the South Propylaeum of Knossos Palace. Both sides of the corridor were painted with hundreds of male and femal;e figures carrying precious utensils and vessels, probably depicting gift bearers to the ruler of the Palace. The composition is much like those found in the Palaces and tombs of Egypt and the near east at the time. Neopalatial final period.
  • The Minoan 'Blue Boy' or 'Saffron Gatherer' wall art fresco from Knossos Palace, 1600-1300 BC. Heraklion Archaeological Museum.
  • Minoan wall art fresco of a 'figure of eight' shield from Knossos Palace, 1450-1300 BC. Heraklion Archaeological Museum.<br />
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The Final Palatial Period Minoan fresco is from the Grand Staircase of the Palace of Knossos and is a Trompe-l'œil  of minoan warriors shields covered with ox hide.
  • Minoan floral wall art fresco from Knossos Palace, 1600-1300 BC. Heraklion Archaeological Museum.  White Background.
  • Minoan 'Papyrus wall art fresco from the 'House of Frescoes' Knossos Palace, 1600-1500 BC. Heraklion Archaeological Museum.  White Background.
  • The Minoan 'Saffron Gatherer' wall art fresco, from 'House of Frescoes' Knossos Palace. 1700-1450 BC. Heraklion Archaeological Museum.  White Background. <br />
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The 'Saffron Gatherers' fresco depicts a blue monket gatering saffron crocuses and placing them in a basket. The saffron is thought to have been a gift to the 'Great Goddess'. One of the earliest frescoes from Knossos.
  • Minoan wall art fresco of 'Ladies in Blue' from Knossos Palace 1600-1450 BC. Heraklion Archaeological Museum. Black Background. <br />
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The 'Ladies in Blue' Minoan fresco depicts richy dressed female figures with opulent jewelery and clothing with flamboyant hairstyles refecting the wealth of the Palace of Knossos
  • The Minoan 'Procession Fresco', wall art from the South Prpylaeum, Knossos Palace, 1500-1400 BC . Heraklion Archaeological Museum. Black Background. <br />
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This latrge Minoan fresco of many figure in procession would have decorated the corridor between the West Porch and the South Propylaeum of Knossos Palace. Both sides of the corridor were painted with hundreds of male and femal;e figures carrying precious utensils and vessels, probably depicting gift bearers to the ruler of the Palace. The composition is much like those found in the Palaces and tombs of Egypt and the near east at the time. Neopalatial final period.
  • Minoan clay lion's head rhython, Akrotiri, Thira (Santorini) National Archaeological Museum Athens. 17th-16th cent BC.<br />
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Created in a naturalistic style, this lions head rhython has a small pouring hole in its muzzle and would have been used during ceremonies
  • Minoan Thiran conical rhython decorated with vertical bands of wavy lines, Akrotiri, Thira (Santorini) National Archaeological Museum Athens. 17th-16th cent BC.
  • Minoan bridge spouted jug with spiral decorations, Akrotiri, Thira (Santorini) National Archaeological Museum Athens. 17th-16th cent BC.
  • Minoan bronze jug decorated with spirals and arches, Akrotiri, Thira (Santorini) National Archaeological Museum Athens. 17th-16th cent BC.
  • Large Minoan polychrome jug decorated with dolphins, Akrotiri, Thira (Santorini) National Archaeological Museum Athens. 17th-16th cent BC.<br />
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The illustrated dolphins on this jug are swimming happily in a marine scape, by the same painter as the 'Galloping Lions' jug
  • Large Minoan polychrome jug decorated with dolphins, Akrotiri, Thira (Santorini) National Archaeological Museum Athens. 17th-16th cent BC.<br />
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The illustrated dolphins on this jug are swimming happily in a marine scape, by the same painter as the 'Galloping Lions' jug
  • Minoan 'Boxing Children' fresco Wall painting from Akrotiri, Thira (Santorini). National archaeological Musuem Athens artefact. 17th-16th cent BC.<br />
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The 'Boxing Children' fresco depicts two naked boys wearing belts and boxing gloves. Their heads are shaved but for two long locks at the back and two shorter ones on their forehead. Their dark complexion indicated thair gender. The boy on the left is the more reserved of the two and wears jewelry consisting of a necklace and two bracelets, one on his arm and the other around his ankle, which indicated his higher social status. From room B1 of building B.
  • 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  decorated rhython libation vessel with ring design, Gournia 1600-1450 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, white background.
  • Minoan clay vase with figure of eighy handles, Zakros Palace  1500-1450 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, black background.
  • Minoan clay cup decorated with reeds, Zakros Palace  1600-1450 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.
  • Minoan rhython with relief decoration, Zakros Palace  1600-1450 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, white background.
  • Minoan bridge spouted jars decorated with flowers, Archanes Palace  1600-1450 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, white background.
  • Minoan  bridge spouted jars decorated with swirls, Archanes Palace  1600-1450 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, white 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, white background.
  • Minoan small bridge spouted jars decorated with lilies, Machlos 1500-1400 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.
  • Minoan small bridge spouted jars decorated with lilies, Machlos 1500-1400 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum.
  • 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  beak spouted rhython with nautilus, coral and seaweed design, Phaistos Palace 1500-1450 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, 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, white background.
  • Minoan  amphora imitating Egyptian prototypes, Hagia Triada Royal Villa 1500-1540 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, black 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 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, black background.
  • The Minoan clay burial pithos with skeleton in foetal,  Neopalatial period 1700-1450 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum.<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 decorated jug decorated with stylised papyrus, Palaikastro,  1500-1450 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, white background
  • The Minoan clay bull's head rhython lbation vessel,  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, grey 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
  • Minoan decorated ritual ewer with a sacral knot relief , Konssos-Little Palace 1450-1370 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, black background
  • Minoan decorated jug  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 stylised floral design , Konssos  'Unexplored Mansion" 1450-1370 BC; 1400-1250 BC; Heraklion Archaeological Museum, grey background
  • Minoan decorated flask with concentric decorative bands design , Konssos  Temple Tomb 1400-1250 BC; Heraklion Archaeological Museum, black background
  • Minoan decorated pithos stirrup jar with floral design , Zafer Papoura 1400-1250 BC; Heraklion Archaeological Museum, white background
  • Minoan decorated pithos stirrup jar with floral design , Zafer Papoura 1400-1250 BC; Heraklion Archaeological Museum, grey background
  • Minoan decorated pithos stirrup jar with floral design , Zafer Papoura 1400-1250 BC; Heraklion Archaeological Museum, white 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 clay ritual vessel with figure of eight handles, Isopata 1450-1300 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, 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, 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, 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 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 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 and horn 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 Postpalatial terracotta  goddess statue with raised arms and crown,  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  "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  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, 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 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 linea A tablets recording flocks of sheep and other animals and wool produced,  1800-1450 BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.
  • Minoan linea A tablet recording flocks of sheep, goats, oxen and pigs at "wa-to",  1800-1450 BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.
  • Minoan linea A tablet recording wool produced by the flock of the goddess Potnia,  1800-1450 BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.
  • Minoan linea A tablet with administative script,  Knossos 1800-1450 BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, white background.
  • Early Minoan model consecration bull horns,  Michlos Cemetery 2600-1900 BC BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.
  • Early Minoan clay decorated "teapot" with elongated spout,  Michlos Cemetery 2600-1900 BC BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, black background.
  • Early Minoan rounded teapot with typical brownish red painted bhatched lines,  Hagios Onouphrios 2900-1900 BC BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.
  • Minoan Vasiliki Ware long spouted "teapots", Vasiliki 2300-1900 BC BC, Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, white background.
  • Minoan clay fruit juicer bowl with clay grater, Phaistos Palace 1800-1600 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.
  • Minoan clay fruit juicer bowl with clay grater, Phaistos Palace 1800-1600 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum.
  • 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 ewer jug 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 fruit stand 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
  • 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
  • Minoan Kamares Ware pithos storage container  with swirl polychrome  decorations , Knossos 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 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 polychrome 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
  • 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 storage poy with swirl olychrome 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 leaf decorations , Poros-Heraklion 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 leaf decorations , Poros-Heraklion 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 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 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.<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 fruit stand with white and polychrome decorations , Poros-Heraklion 2100-1800 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum.
  • Minoan fruit stand with white and polychrome decorations , Poros-Heraklion 2100-1800 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.
  • Minoan decorated Kamares  style jug with swirl pattern,  Poros cemetery 1800-1650 BC;  Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.
  • Minoan decorated Kamares  style jug with swirl pattern, Poros cemetery 1800-1650 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum.
  • Minoan decorated Kamares  style jug with swirl pattern, Poros cemetery 1800-1650 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.
  • Minoan decorated Kamares  style jug decorated with leaves, Poros cemetery 1800-1650 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, grey background.
  • Minoan decorated stirrup jar, Malia Palace 1600-1450 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum, black background.
  • Minoan decorated fhython 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  bull's head rhython libation vessel, Gournia 1600-1450 BC; Heraklion Archaeological  Museum. , black background
  • Minoan 'Sacred Knot" fresco wall art depicting the religious apotropaic symbol, Nirou Chani 1600-1450 BC . Heraklion Archaeological Museum.,grey background
  • Minoan 'Sacred Knot" fresco wall art depicting the religious apotropaic symbol, Nirou Chani 1600-1450 BC . Heraklion Archaeological Museum.

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