Beaked jug (Kamares ware)

Beaked jug (Kamares ware)

Date ca. 1800 BCE

Movement Aegean | Middle Minoan II

Medium Ceramic

Provenance Phaistos, Crete

Housed at Archaeological Museum, Iráklion, Crete


Like Minoan painters, potters from this region and era also incorporated natural motifs into their works. With the introduction of pottery wheels, craftsmen were able to produce more exotic shapes in their wares, like the beak pictured here. The bird motif is accentuated by an eye near the beak, while swirling designs help to amplify the curves and shape of this jug. Given their aesthetic appeal, kamares became popular amongst the “palace” elite, and even became a main export throughout the Mediterranean.