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Octopus Jar

Octopus jar, clay, murex shell decoration in red.

This jar is from the Palace at Knossos, Crete, 1450-1400BC. It is decorated with a six-tentacled octopus and purple red dye from murex shells, a popular colourant for textiles across the east Mediterranean. The design reflects a sea faring society.

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