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Bulls were the largest animals on Crete and were of great social significance.

The Bronze Age began in about 3200 BC on Crete, marked by the arrival of bronze tools and weapons.

Bronze came to be used for objects such as this bull-leaper.

Instead, now-extinct species of deer and dwarf hippos and elephants thrived, free from natural predators.

It shows a bull with small clay figurines of humans hanging on to its horns.

These domestic animals took the place of the earlier herbivores, and bulls became the largest and most dangerous animal on the island.

It is no accident, then, that bulls came to take a prominent place in the art of Bronze Age (Minoan) Crete.

This bronze figurine depicts a man somersaulting over a bull.