Minoan Octopus from a "Marine Style" Vase Brooch


One of the most distinctive types of painted pottery from Minoan Crete is the "Marine Style" series, which typically features fabulously-tentacled octopi whose wiggling extremities wrap around the vase surface in a beautifully rhythmic and balanced though asymmetrical way. The pottery example that inspired this particular brooch is today housed in the Heraklion Archaeological Museum, in Crete, and dates c. 1500 BC.

Brooch Details

Height: 7 cm (2.8 in)

Width: 7 cm (2.8 in)

Thickness: 2 mm (.08 in)

Available Metals and Prices

Brass: $85

925 Sterling Silver: $185

14 Karat Gold: $3,245

Metal Type