Purse Clutch (envelope), Minoan Octopus
Portable purse made of Cretan goat leather and leather cord. Silkscreen printed.
Medium size: 26.5 x 14.5 cm.
MADE IN ATHENS.
These lovely octopus vases have led some thinkers into believing that Minoans worshipped the sea and the creatures therein. Other scholars have conjectured that the ancient Cretans looked to octopus tentacles as inspiration for that characteristic Minoan architectural conceit, the labyrinth.
1580 / 1100 BC