This lovely piece is a reproduction of a ritual vessel found in Thera/Santorini, depicting flying swallows, lilies and crocus.

It is a strainer jar - a characteristic Theran pottery type, also found in Minoan Crete. This form of vessel, with incorporated strainer, was probably used in the manufacture of aromatic oils, or as an incense burner.

Note from Elinor: I took this picture of similar examples in the National Archaeological Museum in Athens in 2016:

Minoan strainer vessels at the National Archaeological Museum in Athens

This collection of Minoan pottery is made in Greece. The vases themselves are manufactured in Greece, the images transferred and painted by hand. The texture, colouring and final finish is as close to that of the original as possible.

dimensions etc Height: 13cm

Minoan vessel with swallows

  • Code: MM-71
  • Status: In Stock
  • £50.00

  • excl tax: £41.67

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