The original, dating to ca 1800 BC, is in the Museum in Heraklion, Crete.
Minoan Kamares bowl with labrys motifs
- Height: 12cm
The Kamares style is named after the sanctuary on Mount Ida in Crete, where extensive numbers of this type of pottery were excavated in 1890. Kamares Ware is the first polychrome Minoan pottery and dates to the early second millennium BC.
The colours are predominantly dark reds and browns, with white detail. Characteristic themes are spirals and rosettes, papyrus lilies, shellfish, crocuses and palm trees, all highly stylised.
They are all made in Greece in the workshop of the Lioulias family, with whom It's All Greek is proud to have been working since 2004.
The vases themselves are manufactured in Greece, the images are then applied by transfer, before being painted by hand.
The double axe or labrys was a recurrent motif in the art and jewellery of the Minoans. It especially associated with priestesses, and to find a labrys in the hands of a Minoan woman indicated that she held a powerful position within this colourful, artistic and sophisticated culture, which flourished on Crete and on Santorini ca 2700-1500 BC.
The labrys today is a symbol of feminist strength, strong women, and of the kinship of lesbian women around the world.