As R. Higgins explains (p. 116 in Minoan and Mycenaean Art), a unique painting style developed in the 14th and 13th centuries B.C. that portrayed animals heraldically, incorporating patterns such as dots, crosses, or chevrons into the composition. The author notes that "these patterns look very much as if they were inspired by embroidery stitches and it may well be that this figure-style was based not on frescoes but on textiles." For a bowl with confronting sphinxes flanking a stylized tree see no. 134, op. cit.