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The permanent exhibition of the Heraklion Archaeological Museum

Stone pyxis with handle in dog-shape
Pyxis with animal-shaped handle

This characteristic example of Prepalatial art was found at Zakros. It is a stone pyxis with low cylindrical body and lid, both of which are covered with incisions forming triangles. This decorative motif was common in the Cyclades and suggests contacts between these two areas in the Early Bronze Age. The lid has two pairs of holes for fastening, with corresponding holes on the base of the pyxis. The handle of the lid is shaped like a dog, idly lying with outstretched front paws. The dog's body is rendered in low relief, but the head is sculpted in the round, which gives the figure a certain liveliness. This vase is characteristic of the gradual change in Prepalatial Minoan art and the prevalence of naturalism over schematic motifs. A similar pyxis lid found in Mochlos appears to have been crafted by the same artist.

Exhibit Features
Date: Early Bronze Age, about 2400 BC
Place of discovery: Zakros, Palace
Dimensions: diameter: 0,12 m
Material: Green steatite
Usage: Rerfumes
Exhibition hole: Hall I
Copyright: Hellenic Ministry of Culture
  Suggestive Bibliography
Βασιλάκης Α., Αρχαιολογικό Μουσείο Ηρακλείου, Αθήνα, χ.χ., 53
Ελληνική Τέχνη, Η αυγή της ελληνικής τέχνης, Αθήνα, 1994, αρ. 35, 168, 320
Σακελλαράκης Ι.Α., Μουσείο Ηρακλείου, Αθήνα, 2003, 14-15
  See also
Archaeological site in Zakros