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Minoan Marine Style Rhyton [Object of the Day #95]

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By: Ann Brownlee

  This rhyton, decorated with six leaping dolphins against a rocky seascape, is an example of the Marine Style in Minoan pottery.   It has a hole at the bottom and may have been used for libations.  The lively Marine Style, with its depictions of dolphins, octopi, and other sea creatures amid rocks and seaweed, […]

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Gold Scythian Panther Head, 400 BCE [Object of the Day #3]

Panther Rhyton

By: Amy Ellsworth

This gold panther head decorated a wooden rhyton or drinking vessel that was part of the Maikop Treasure. The Maikop Treasure consists of more than 300 objects ranging in date from the Bronze Age through the Medieval period, currently held in four institutions—the Staatliche Museen, the Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte in Berlin, the Penn […]

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