Friday, 2 March 2012

(pre) Classical Cephalopods

Here's two images that say a lot about the differences between Minoan and Mycenaean culture and maybe also  about what some scholars call Apollonian and Dionysiac tendencies in Hellenic culture ?

One A Minoan ceramic vessel decorated with a octopus.

something like a brush was used with a rich ink like iron slip


It's a full round sensous vessel embraced by the cephalopod's tentacles.

Now scroll down and check out this Mycenaean vessel.



Very symmetrical and classical and balanced and orderly.

Personally I like the Minoan one better but there's something Greek about both of them!

A Celebration of Life and the Sea?

Next time back to Phonology with an explanation of diphthongs!