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“In the manufacture of stone vases, the Minoans displayed enormous patience, as well as very high levels of confidence and skill. It was a craft that evolved into an art form…”

Rodney Castleden, Minoans: Life in Bronze Age Crete (Routledge, 2002)
Minoan lotus vase
£55,500
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“In the manufacture of stone vases, the Minoans displayed enormous patience, as well as very high levels of confidence and skill. It was a craft that evolved into an art form…”

Rodney Castleden, Minoans: Life in Bronze Age Crete (Routledge, 2002)
Minoan lotus vase
£55,500
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Minoan lotus vase

Middle Minoan III/Late Minoan I, circa 1700-1450 BC

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)

Provenance:

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)

Published:

ArtAncient, TIMELINE: 4.5 Billion years, 54 Objects, p. 68-69.

£55,500

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