Cylindrical base with a scene of fishermen
This cylindrical object, possibly the base of a wheel-made vase, has one of the earliest known fishing scenes from the Cyclades. Decorated with dull red paint on a dull light background, it depicts four fishermen, their bodies shown frontally and their heads in profile. Clad in the classic Minoan zoma (kilt), they have shoulder-length hair and very large eyes, which are typical of contemporary wall-paintings. One of them rests one hand on his waist, while the other three hold fish, which resemble dolphins, in both hands. The contemporary 'Fishermen's Fresco' from Akrotiri in Thera, illustrates the return from a fishing expedition. Fishing scenes appear in Mesopotamian and Egyptian art of the same period.