Bull leaping was an ancient sport of the Minoan era, in honor of God Poseidon. The sport was often pictured in frescos. We created a wooden box with detail of the famous "Bull leaping" fresco, found in the palace of Knossos in Crete. The relief representation of the sport is made of copper, plated in silver solution 999° and mounted on a wooden box.
Dimensions: 12,7cm x 21,5cm x 5,3cm
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Bull-leaping was a sport of the Minoan era. It was a complex and dangerous acrobatic game during which young men and women would perform spectacular leaps on the back of running bulls. The performers of somersault were young men and women that performed spectacular exercises with incredible flexibility. Bull-leaping was performed as part of religious rites aiming at the emergence of the best athletes. The religious character of the sport in mostly appears in the use of the bull, the sacred animal of the Minoans. The festivity was dedicated to the god Poseidon.
The Bull-leaping fresco, is a motif of Middle Bronze Age figurative art, notably of Minoan Crete. It is a famous example of the art of the Minoan civilization, placed in the Middle Minoan III - Late Minoan IB ( 17th-15th century BC ) and was found in the wall of the east side of the Palace of Knossos. It is a representation of a ritual sport in which human athletes literally vaulted over bulls as part of a ceremonial rite.
The bull leaping fresco is kept at the Heraklion Archaeological Museum in Crete.
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