Bull Rython

Rython in the shape of a bull's head

This is a beautiful example of stone carving in Minoan Crete. This python (a libation vessel) was carved in steatite. The eyes are inlaid rock crystal, the eyelashes made of jasper, and the muzzle of tridanca shell. The horns (probably made of gilded wood) and the right side of the head were not found and were added after excavations. Exhibited at the Heraklion Archaeological Museum.