Frying-pan vessels are characteristic finds from Early Cycladic II graves,
mainly from Syros, in the flourishing period of the Keros-Syros Culture
(2800-2300 BC). They are round and flat with a forked handleand a black or dark
brown burnished surface. The decoration, on theouter surface only, is incised
and impressed with a white substance in the grooves. The patterns are spirals,
concentric circles, triangles and stars. Incised representations of ships are on
certain frying-pans. They are very interesting because they show the great
development and significance of shipping in the Early Cycladic II period, as
well as the type of the early Cycladic ship. It has a prow that rises steeply
and oars, but no sails. A fish and a flag are also shown at the top of the prow.
A special element of the frying-pans is the pubic triangle which is often
incised near the handle.