Terracotta vase in the form of a bull's head

Period: Late Minoan II

Date: ca. 1450–1400 B.C.

Culture: Minoan

Medium: Terracotta

Dimensions: Overall: 3 3/4 x 5 7/16 in. (9.5 x 13.9 cm)

Classification: Vases

Credit Line: Gift of Alastair Bradley Martin, 1973

Accession Number: 1973.35


This vase is a type of rhyton, or libation vase. The offering was poured through the hole in the animal's muzzle. The vase was filled either by immersion in a large container or through the hole on the head. Using the principle of the siphon, liquid would not flow out as long as the opening at the top was closed with the thumb.