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In addition to their other achievements, Minoan architects possessed an
advanced knowledge of plumbing, unsurpassed until Roman times. Large-scale
sculpture did not find favour in Crete, but miniature sculpture of the highest
quality was ...
Figure 30: Carved stone Minoan vessels of the Late Bronze Age (1600-1100 BC).
(Left) Serpentine rhyton (drinking-vessel) in the form of a bull's head, steatite with
gold-plated horns (now restored), from the Little Palace at Knossos, Crete, c.
Reprinted by permission of Princeton University Press Walls of Mycenaean
palaces were decorated with frescoes executed in the Minoan manner, perhaps
even by Minoans. All surviving examples, however, are fragmentary, as are their
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