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Finely worked in the form of a blossoming flower, this exceptional serpentine bowl was crafted at the height of the Minoan culture of Ancient Crete - one of the earliest great civilisations of Europe.
The Minoans arduously carved vessels from a variety of stones, and favoured such blossom bowls the most. Once lidded, they might have been used to store oils and ointments. The delicate ribbed petals carved in low relief are a testament to the Minoans’s love of nature and their use of organic motifs, which became the characteristic feature of their rich artistic production.
Diameter: 5 1/2 inches (14 cm)
Height: 3 1/2 inches (8.9 cm)
From the collection of Charles Gillet (1879-1972)
Subsequently in the collection of Marion Schuster
Subsequently Sotheby's, New York, 7 December 2001, lot 58
Subsequently in the collection of nuclear physicist Heinrich Medicus (1918-2017)
ArtAncient, TIMELINE: 4.5 Billion years, 54 Objects, p. 68-69.
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