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Minoan Decorated Jug Found in Egypt


James Blake Wiener
published on 08 November 2017
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One of the world's most famous works of Minoan pottery, this vessel shows five mollusks called nautili floating above the seafloor. The sinuous undulating lines of the water plans 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. This specimen of painted pottery dates from the Late Minoan IB Period (c. 1575-1500 BCE). It was uncovered in Lower Egypt but was made in Crete. (Brooklyn Museum, New York)

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James Blake Wiener
James is a writer and former Professor of History. He holds an MA in World History with a particular interest in cross-cultural exchange and world history. He is a co-founder of Ancient History Encyclopedia and formerly was its Communications Director.

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Wiener, James B. "Minoan Decorated Jug Found in Egypt." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 08 Nov 2017. Web. 11 Apr 2021.

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