The permanent exhibition of the Heraklion Archaeological Museum
This large and impressive gaming board from the Palace of Knossos is unique in Greek prehistoric art. It is rectangular in shape and constructed of precious materials cut into different shapes. The frame consists of ivory and rock crystal rosettes. At one end are four large medallions of gilt ivory, rock crystal and glass paste, and a pair of ivory argonauts at each corner. At the other end, ten small medallions framed by ivory plaques sit on rods of rock crystal with silver sheeting. Four ivory gaming pieces from the same context probably belong to this board. Similar gaming boards and pieces have been found in the Near East and Egypt, but this one is the largest example of all.