Minoan / Rhyton in the form of a bull's head / ca. 1450?1400 B.C.Minoan
Rhyton in the form of a bull's head
ca. 1450?1400 B.C.

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Creator Nationality: European; Southern European; Cretan; Minoan
Creator Name-CRT: Minoan
Title: Rhyton in the form of a bull's head
View: Principal view
Creation Start Date: 0
Creation End Date: 2
Creation Date: ca. 1450?1400 B.C.
Creation Place: Greece, Crete
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Materials and Techniques: terracotta
Dimensions: H. 3 3/4 in. (9.5 cm)
Description: This vase is a type of libation vessel known as a rhyton. It was filled either by immersion in a large container or through the hole in the animal's head. During sacrificial offerings or other worship, wine, blood, or some other designated liquid, was poured through the hole in the animal's muzzle. In this way, offerings were made likely as part of a funerary or religious ritual.
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York
ID Number: 1973.35
Credit Line: Gift of Alastair Bradley Martin, 1973
Copyright: Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art . All rights reserved.
Rights: http://www.metmuseum.org/education/er_photo_lib.asp
Style or Period: Late Minoan II
AMICA ID: MMA_.1973.35
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright (c) 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All Rights Reserved

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