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Aphrodite in New York November 24, 2003
by Mark Rose

Dated to 14190-1300 B.C., this extraordinary Aegean pot (an amphoroid krater) is from Kalavassos-Ayios Dimitrios tomb 13. Although it is Mycenaean, from the mainland of Greece, the pot is decorated with a scene taken from the Minoan culture of Crete. It depicts a shrine on top of which are four sets of stylized bull's horns (horns of consecration), with another set on top of antechamber or porch. Inside the shrine is a female figure (a goddess in her temple?), flanking it are a pair of horses, to right, and a large fish and horse, to left.