The Art Archive/Heraklion Museum/Dagli Orti

Many of the stone vases produced by the Minoan artisans of the New Palace period (1700–1450 B.C.) are adorned with detailed reliefs. Three of the most prominent come from the coastal site of Ayia Triadha: this one is known as the Boxers’ Vase, a conical rhyton, or drinking cup, carved with depictions of boxing and that enduring Minoan icon, the bull.