Bronze Age and Cycladic Idols


Marble Double Flute Player

Approx. 2700 B.C. - Approx. 2500 B.C.


Marble seated harp player

Approx. 2700 B.C. - Approx. 2500 B.C.

curves and angles, harmony

Cycladic Idols

Approx. 2500 B.C.

marble, previously painted
schematic and geometric, triangles and curves

Palace of King Minos

Approx. 1700 B.C. - Approx. 1400 B.C.

excavated by Arthur Evans
1st palace destroyed by earthquake and built around 2000 B.C.
columns taper from top to bottom
no real facade, entrance faces the inner courtyard. has north, west, east, and south entrances outward
rooms are organized along major corridors
west side of central court hold: shrnies where ceremonies occur; state rooms; a ceremonial staircase with a row of wooden columns; cornices an horns; quoin-cut and rubbed straight (stone, rubble, covered in paint)
Throne room: (W) stucco restored and the thones is simple, taller with a high back than the benches in room
northwest: storage magazines filled with terracotta jars *pithoi, administrative agricultural goods
north: theatre area, stairs that might have been bleachers \
southeast- "queen" megaron: dolphins flipping over doorway (fresco, very restored)
east- residential area: "perforated architecture"
1. short partitions of wall, light and air and comminication
2. stairways
3. king's megaron: inside of 8-figure cowhide shields (frescoe)
drainage system

Spring Frescoe

Approx. 1650 B.C.

found in Delta room 2
Akrotiri, Thera
no human figures whatsoever, sublime, dream-like waves
shimmering lines and bright colors

Priestess holding incense brazier

Approx. 1650 B.C.

hairstyle: seems as if she has only one lock of hair and a flat cap/shaved (child)

Ship Fresco

Approx. 1650 B.C.

Room Delta 5
Detail w/ two fishermen
-1 in true profile, the other twisted
-knots of hair on top of shaved scalp
Detail of Boxing Boys
-longer locks on shaved heads
Detail of Blue Monkeys

Snake Goddess

Approx. 1600 BCE

glazed faience
two snakes, power through animals

Harvester's Vase

Approx. 1500 B.C.

Hagia Triada, Crete

Marine Style Octopus Jar

Approx. 1500 B.C.


Young God?

Approx. 1500 B.C. - Approx. 1475 B.C.

Palakaistro (Crete)
ivory, gold, (cryhselephentine)serpentine, and rock crystal
hero's pose
precursor to gilding

La Parisienne

Approx. 1450 B.C. - Approx. 1400 B.C.

full profile, its huge almond shaped eye
hairstyle and dress most likely like a court lady's

This is from the Camp Stool frescoe in Knossos (for the low stools they sit on)


Approx. 1450 B.C. - Approx. 1400 B.C.

painted limestone
Hagia Triada
1.could be the deceased in front of his tomb
2.burial, grave goods, sacrifices

Bull-Leaping Fresco

Approx. 1450 BC

Minoan style figures of long, lithe, wiry altheticsm