Vase à décor godronné

Sculpted vase adorned with oblique gadroons

In the early second millennium B.C., Crete had a palatial system tending toward centralization. It is known by the name “Palace of Minos,” which shone for its architecture adorned with paintings; the fertility of its wheat fields; the refined artisanship exemplified by this vase; and active commerce with continental Greece and the rest of the Mediterranean. In the late sixteenth century B.C., the eruption of the Akrotiri volcano on the island of Thíra completely disrupted that equilibrium.

Published in: Barbier-Mueller 2003, p. 30–31.