Decorated clay vessel with lid (strainer-pyxis)

From Akrotiri, Thera (Cyclades). 16th c. B.C.
(ΕΑΜ/ΝΑΜ Ακρ. 2650)

Luxurious vessel with incorporated strainer on the inside. It was used for the production of perfumed oils or as an incense-burner in rituals. Spirals with white dots decorate the body of the vase, while the crocus flowers emulate the beauty of the Theran landscape.