Galleries of the Bronze Age Aegean and Geometric Greece
The tour starts at the entrance to the Galleries of the Bronze Age Aegean and Geometric Greece. As you approach the Roman marble portrait busts, turn left into the Bronze Age Aegean section. To your right, in the middle of the gallery, is the Larnax.
A larnax is a coffin that was used by the Minoans to bury their dead. This larnax dates back to the Late Minoan period (1300 BCE) and is the only one on display in Canada.
The wavy lines painted on the larnax symbolize the sea or body of water the deceased’s soul would have had to travel to get to the afterlife.
About the Gallery
This gallery showcases over 100 artifacts from Greece and the islands of the Aegean Sea dating back from approximately 3000–700 BCE.
More Gallery Highlights
- Schematic figurines, from the Cycladic Islands, made of pure white marble
- Mycenaean ceramic vessel painted with octopi
- Greek Geometric ceramic mixing bowl decorated with an oared ship