Stone-engraving made great advances during the second phase of the Pre-Palace period. Use was made of stones of widely differing colours (marble, conglomerate, basalt, alabaster, steatite, etc.) to manufacture many utensils, vases, and other distinctive small finds of elegant, elaborate form. The veins of the material were ingeniously exploited. Some of the vases recall Egyptian parallels, while others resemble Cycladic artefacts. The finest groups are those from Mochlos and the tholos tombs of the Mesara. There is also a superb pyxis from Zakros and the lid of another from Mochlos made by the same craftsmen: in these, the handle of the lid takes the form of a reclining dog. During the third phase of the Pre-Palace period, stone-engraving continued to produce a large number of small stone vases with engraved or relief decoration, as well as composite vases (kernoi).
Dr Andonis Vasilakis