Minoan Bull's Head Rhyton

Minoan Bull's Head Rhyton

This magnificent Bull's Head rhyton is a characteristic example of Minoan art. It is a libation vase, which was filled with the appropriateliquid through a hole in the neck and emptied through another hole on the muzzle.

The Minoans and Myceneans seemed to have worshiped a religion centered around the bull. The original, which was found in one of the graves below the site of the palace of Agamemnon, is made of silver with horns and a rosette of gold.

Dated to the 16th century BC, National Archaelogical Museum, Athens.


Bonded marble & bronze patina
38 cm (15 in.)

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