Rhyton with a representation of a peak sanctuary
This rhyton with a unique representation of a peak sanctuary is one of the most important works of Minoan art. It is made of several pieces, which were joined together, and was covered in gold leaf. A plastic ring separates the elongated body from the short neck. The entire surface of the rhyton is decorated in low relief. Schematic rocks, sparse flowers and shrubs, and wild goats in « flying gallop » suggest the wildness of the landscape. On the upper part of the vase, the mountain peak, is a tripartite shrine enclosed by a wall. The main entrance to the building is decorated with spirals and topped by a pair of wild goats sitting facing one another. The side rooms are decorated with staffs and banners, and have horns of consecration with perching birds on their roofs. In the courtyard of the sanctuary, in front of a flight of stairs, are three altars.