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This delicate type of pottery helps us understand the far-reaching trade networks in the ancient Mediterranean.
This beautifully painted sarcophagus depicts an elaborate burial ritual—was it made for royalty?
This hollow stone vessel in the shape of a bull's head is both frighteningly realistic and beautifully stylized.
The exuberant procession depicted on this small but luxurious object celebrates the fruits of farming the land.
This vase with a charming image of a writhing octopus was made during the height of the Minoan sea trade.
Goddess, priestess, or simply a Minoan woman? Mysteries abound in this small figurine from Knossos.
Athletic youths spring over a powerful bull—who are they, and why are they performing such a dangerous act?
This woman's striking profile has long fascinated viewers, but we know surprisingly little about who she is.