The octopus is a frequent motif in Minoan pottery, frescoes and jewellery. The symbolism of this flexible and intelligent creature relates to the psyche, emotion and intuition. The Minoans, a powerful maritime nation centred on the island of Crete, were clearly intrigued by this silent, graceful and sinuous creature. The fluid motion of the octopus' tentacles lends itself to the shape of stirrup jars, pithoi or pointed amphorae such as this one.
In antiquity, the terracotta pointed amphora - a two handdled storage vessel - was used to hold olive oil or grain. They were stored on their sides.
This solid bronze pointed amphora is cast for us, in Greece, using the traditional 'lost wax' method. As nothing is mass-produced, there will inevitably be slight variations in patination and colouring. Our amphora is sold in a sturdy stand. It is REALLY REALLY HEAVY!!!
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bronze Minoan pointed amphora with octopus motif
- Code: BP-08
- Status: In Stock
- excl tax: £416.67