Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
One of the world’s most famous works of Minoan pottery, this vessel shows five mollusks called nautili floating above the sea floor. The sinuous, undulating lines of the water plants and nautili tentacles clearly demonstrate the Minoans’ love of bold, sweeping designs. For the Egyptians, Minoan painting must have provided an exotic contrast to their own balanced, ordered designs.
ca. 1575-1500 B.C.E.
Late Minoan IB Period
8 11/16 x Diam. 9 5/8 in. (22 x 24.5 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Minoan. Decorated Jug, ca. 1575-1500 B.C.E. Ceramic, slip, 8 11/16 x Diam. 9 5/8 in. (22 x 24.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.13E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 37.13E_left_SL1.jpg)
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