The vases in Cretan period were influenced by a Maritime Style - Decorations with the animals and plants of the ocean, such as spirals (the ocean’s movement), octopuses, dolphins. The vases are also decorated with a double-headed axe, which was a holy symbol, and bulls ( after the myth of Minotaur). The decor is very organic with free movement across the surface of the vase and it follows the form of the vase. From 2000-1600 BC the style is naturalistic while from 1600-1400 BC it is more stylized.
The Mycenaean is very much influenced by the Cretan art, the mixture of the two is called Cretan-Mycenaean art. In e.g. pottery it takes after Cretan art by copying e.g. octopuses. The style becomes more stylized, stiff, schematic, monotone, stereotypical and static. It is a forerunner of the next period.