Bull-shaped rhyton [Π 197]
The body and head of the bovine is plastically rendered. The pronounced musculature and the heavy proportions give this representation a unique quality. Rhytons were perforated ritual vessels with one opening for filling the interior with some kind of liquid and one hole for its outflow. This example is hollow, and has a opening on the back of the head with a large pouring hole between the eyes. The painted decoration is of black color. Two coloured circles emphasize the body of the bovine. This animal shaped vessel has four short perforated projections as "legs" upon which originally a wooden axis with four wheels was attached. The bull linked with fertility and strength was one of the paramount symbols of the Minoan religion starting already in the pre -palatial period.