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A Minoan serpentine ‘bird’s nest’ bowl

 

Circa 1900-1400 BC

 

11 cm diameter

8 cm high

A Minoan serpentine ‘bird’s nest’ bowl

Circa 1900-1400 BC

Carved with diagonal grooves, with flat rim, the broad shoulders tapering to a flat circular base, with hollowed out interior.

The bird’s nest bowl is a distinctive form of Minoan stone vessel. The name is derived from the shape, which characteristically features a flat circular base, curved sides, flat rim with a small, conical interior cavity. Their exact function is unknown. However, many of these vessels have been discovered in tholos tombs in Mesara, which suggests a funerary or ritual context.

 

LITERATURE
For a similar example, see Warren, P., Minoan Stone Vases, 1969, pl. 149 & 150.

PROVENANCE
Sotheby’s London, 09 December 1974, lot 215.

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