Minoan frying pan with decorative spirals. From around 2700 to 1450 BC, the Minoan civilization flourished as a seafaring and mercantile culture. This vibrant culture was centred around the island of Crete and eventually dominated the Agean region. The Egyptians called the Minoans “the Sea Peoples” and had a fond appreciation for Minoan pottery and ceramics, prized for their innovative shapes and sea-inspired designs
Early Cycladic culture evolved in three phases, from c. 3300 until 2000 BC, when it was increasingly influenced by Minoan Crete, to the south. The Late Neolithic and Early Bronze Age Cycladic culture is best known for its schematic, flat idols (intended to be lying down) carved out of pure white marble centuries before Minoan culture arose.