|A more recent interpretation argues that it is a representation of the
coming of age ceremony, a Minoan custom which
occurs in other representations also. Boys
in early puberty would participate in this ceremony. Moreover, a later Cretan tradition
which probably dates back to the Minoan period, suggests that in the coming of
age ceremony a javelin, a bull and a cup were offered to the adolescent as gifts.
On Chieftain Cup, the javelin and the bull are depicted,
while the third element is the cup itself.