The original Lily Vase, dating to ca 1600-1550 BC was excavated at the Palace of Minos in Knossos and is now in the Archaeological Museum in Heraklion, Crete.
The Kamares style is so named after the sanctuary on Mount Ida, where extensive numbers of this pottery were excavated in 1890. Kamares pottery is the first 'polychrome' Minoan pottery and dates to the early second millennium BC. The colours are predominantly dark reds and browns with white detail. Characteristic themes depicted are spirals and rosettes, papyrus lilies (as on this vase), shellfish, crocuses and palm trees, all highly stylised. Usually the entire surface of the pot is densely covered, but sometimes the space is partitioned by bands.
Our collection of Minoan pottery is made in Greece. The vases themselves are manufactured in Greece, the images transferred and painted by hand.
Minoan Kamares amphora with papyrus plants
- Code: MM-066
- Status: In Stock
- excl tax: £62.50