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Spherical Pottery

Spherical Pottery

Spherical pottery drinking vessel with two handles and a spout. It has colourful decoration with lines and fish. It is in the Camaraican style from the 18th century BC.

It dates from around 1800 b.C.

Heraklion Museum, catalogue number Š27695.

Seistrum

musical instrument known as Seistrum

Clay reproduction of a musical instrument known as the sistro (seistrum). It is from the Minoan graveyard at Fourni in Acharnes.

It dates from around 1800 b.C.

Heraklion Museum, catalogue number Š27695.

The Phaistos Disc

The Phaistos Disc

It was found in the palace of Phestos in Crete and dates from the ‘new palace’ period. On its surfaces there are hieroglyphics; scattered symbols such as tools and animals. The content of these symbols remains a mystery as, despite numerous attempts, no-one has been able to decode them.

It dates from around 1700 - 1600 b.C.

Heraklion Museum, catalogue number 1358.

Drinking Vessel (Rhyton)

Drinking Vessel (Rhyton)

Shallow pottery drinking vessel in the shape of a bull’s head, found in the small palace of Knossos.

It dates from around 1550 - 1500 b.C.

Heraklion Museum, catalogue number 106.

The Pot of the Harvesters (Rhyton)

The Pot of the Harvesters (Rhyton)

Made of shallow stone with a relief representation of the celebration of the harvest. From the Minoan palace at St. Triada.

It dates from around 1500 b.C.

Heraklion Museum, catalogue number L184.

Pottery from Knossos

Pottery from Knossos

The two rows of vertical handles were used to transport it. This massive vessel has been scaled down here. Between the upper rows of handles there were double spirals, the sacred symbol of the Minoans. In the lower rows there was plastic patterns.

It dates from around 1450 - 1400 b.C.

Heraklion Museum