Highlights of the museum:
Three fragments of a plaster relief fresco representing bull-hunting or capturing within a rocky landscape with olive-trees. The main part of the fresco, the bull’s head, is a masterpiece of Minoan naturalism. Knossos, Palace, Neopalatial period. (1600 – 1450 BC)
The famous female figure with Mediterranean features and vivid make-up, named “La Parisienne” by A. Evans, was probably a leading priestess. Knossos, Palace, Final Palatial period (1450 – 1350/1300 BC).
Clay model of a Minoan house. Detailed rendering of the outer façades and features of the architectural design.
Luxurious gaming board, know as the “Chessboard”, with inlays of ivory, crystal and glass paste, covered with gold and silver leaf on wooden base. Knossos. New-Palace period (1600 – 1500 BC).
A unique exhibitistheclay disc of Phaistos with hieroglyphic sandideograms in scribedonit. The inscriptions on the disc run in a spiral from the edge to the centre of it. The script has not yet been deciphered. Phaistos. New-Palace period (1600 – 1500 BC).
Faience figurines of the “Snake Goddess”, the goddess, or priestess. Her bared breasts suggested her capacity as fertility goddess. The snakes and the feline on her head are an allusion to her dominion over nature. Knossos. New-Palace period (1600 BC).
The Agia Triada sarcophagus was found in a funeral chamber in the cemetery at Agia Triada and is dated to 1300 BC. It is made of poros covered with a thin layer of lime-plaster, which bears painted representations. The scenes depicted are associated with worship connected with death or afterlife.
The famous bees pendant in the shape of two bees, or wasps, storing away a drop of honey in a comb. The pendant was found in the necropolis near to the Malia palace. Malia. (1800 - 1700 BC)