List of Aegean frescos

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List of Aegean frescos is a list of Minoan, Mycenaean, and related frescos and quasi-frescos (not completed before the plaster dried) found at Bronze Age archaeological sites on islands and in and around the shores of the Aegean Sea and other relevant places in the Eastern Mediterranean region. In cases where one civilization encroaches on another or a mixture of civilizations is present, both names are used. These frescos were primarily murals. Few murals of the times have survived on the walls. Rather, the majority of frescos were reconstructed from flakes of fallen plaster and stucco. They are not the originals, but are facsimiles of originals. Often considerable artistic license has been exercised in the reconstruction. More than one reconstruction may exist, and more than one name have been assigned. The medium in all cases is plaster for interior walls, stucco for exterior walls. Often exterior frescos were in relief. Frescos can never be dated more precisely than the period in which they were painted. No names of painters have survived from the Bronze Age. Due to the necessity for extensive restoration, individual styles are typically not discernible, except those of the restorers; however, some scholars have assigned a school or painter name to a name fresco. These are not generally accepted.


Thumb Names Site Civilization Period Museum Notes
NAMA Akrotiri 3.jpg Antelopes Fresco Akrotiri Cycladic / Minoan LC I
Athens Outline of two antelopes symmetrically arranged.
Blue Bird Fresco, Frieze, or Panel Knossos Minoan LM IA Heraklion A bird, colored blue, beak closed, uncertain species, shown possibly perched or possibly rising on a downstroke, on or from rocks placed in a flower bed including wild roses, lilies of genus Pancratium, vetch, and other flowers. Part of the same band as the Monkeys Fresco in the House of the Frescos; hence, also called the Monkeys and Blue Birds Fresco.
Minoan frescos in the National Archaeological Museum in Athens 01.JPG Boar-hunt Fresco
Wild boar-hunt fresco
Tiryns Mycenaean LH IIIB (13th century) Athens Three spotted hounds with collars harry a boar in a field of plants while its head is being pierced from in front by a spear held in a hand.
Boxers Tylissos Minoan LM IA Heraklion Two fragments from one or two miniature frescos duplicating parts of a boxing scene shown on the Boxer Vase from Hagia Triada. A lower body is shown on one, a central body on the other. A kilted male figure in a boxing stance, legs bent, weight on the front leg, rear heel up, displays one arm extended fully with the fist drooping at the end of a snapping motion of the wrist. The Boxer Vase shows a helmeted figure with the off arm pulled back for counterbalance, martial-arts style.
Knossos - 06.jpg Bull-Leaping Fresco,
Taureador Fresco
Knossos Minoan MM IIIB Heraklion Composite scene of acrobatics over a galloping bull. The best of a series of similar scenes, the Taureador Frescos.
Cat and Pheasant Hagia Triada Minoan LM I Heraklion A cat on the right side of some ivy-covered rocks stalks a pheasant with its back turned on the left.
Cat and Pheasant Knossos Minoan LM I Heraklion Two fragments, one depicting a spotted Cretan wild cat, with a white patch around the eye, and a second showing the overlapping tail feathers of a pheasant.
Armon Knossos P1060086.JPG Charging bull and olive tree relief Knossos Minoan MM IIIB Heraklion Half of a bull shown charging to right past a rock toward an olive tree.
Crocus Clumps
Crocus Panel
Crocus Frieze
Knossos Minoan LM IA Heraklion Band containing a repeated Crocus motif with four red flowers above a waveform double tricolor band: black, blue, white, black, blue, white.
Knossos frises 1.JPG Cup-bearer Fresco Knossos Minoan LM I Heraklion Part of the Procession Fresco, but not one of the figures proceeding from left to right; i.e., not on the same wall. Kilted males bearing pottery in procession from right to left. Evidence exists for only the figure carrying the conical cup extending from head to midriff, often called a rhyton.
AMI - Tänzerin.jpg Dancing Lady Knossos Minoan LM IB Heraklion Non-acrobatic female upper torso and head, open bodice, tresses flying, arms up, probably dancing.
Dauphins de knossos.jpg Dolphin Fresco Knossos Minoan LM I Heraklion A marine scene featuring a school of dolphins composed symmetrically with fish in the interstices and clusters of sponges around the periphery.
Fresco of a fisherman, Akrotiri, Greece.jpg Fisherman Fresco
Fisherboy Fresco
Akrotiri Cycladic / Minoan LC I
Athens Nude male figure holding two strings of small Mahi Mahi, one in each hand.
Fisherman Fresco
Fisherboy Fresco
Akrotiri Cycladic / Minoan LC I
Athens Nude male figure holding one string of fish with two hands.
Phylakopi flying fish.jpg Flying Fish Fresco or Panel Phylakopi Cycladic / Minoan Phylakopi III, 1600–1400
Athens Two rows of flying fish. The top is fish in air with fins extended as wings. The bottom is fish leaving or entering water with fins folded. The interstices are filled with bubbles and spray.
Knossos Trone.JPG Griffin Fresco Knossos Minoan LM II In situ Griffins couchant in a background of rocks and lilies.
Knossos fresco women.jpg Ladies in Blue Knossos Minoan MM IIIB Heraklion Heads and upper torsos of three women with long tresses, headbands, flounced dresses of open bodice. Blue is the predominant color.
La Dame de Mycènes, fresco.jpg Mycenaean Lady Mycenae Mycenaean LH IIIB (13th century) Athens Head, torso of female with long tresses, headband, dress with full bodice, wearing necklaces, wristlets, holding up a necklace in the right hand.
Myrtle Shoots
Myrtle Fresco
Myrtle Frieze
Knossos Minoan LM IA Heraklion Several shoots with myrtle leaves rising from a band representing the ground.
The Parisian, fresco, Knossos, Greece.jpg Parisienne Knossos Minoan LM III Heraklion Fragment from the Camp-Stool Fresco of a woman who seemed to the archaeologists to resemble a late 19th-century Parisian woman.
Partridge Fresco or Frieze Knossos Minoan LM IB Heraklion Three distinct mural panels. Panel 1: two strutting partridges on the left face third on the right across uneven ground and a hoopoe perched in a bush. A partridge on the far right beyond a knoll flaps its wings, possibly crowing. Panel 2: three flapping partidges systematically arranged on uneven ground containing striated pebbles. Two more perch to the right. Panel 3: four partridges, the center dominated by a pair in chiasmus.
Knossos frise2.JPG Priest-King Relief Fresco,
Prince of the Lilies,
Feather Prince
Knossos Minoan LM I Heraklion Procession Fresco figure. Male in a flounced kilt, headdress of uncertain nature, proceeding through a background possibly of lilies, reaching back to grasp possibly a tether.
Procession Fresco Knossos Minoan LM I Heraklion Equivocal name: 536 original life-size figures in procession on the walls of the Corridor of Processions; 22 surviving figures of the procession; the 22 plus the Priest-king Relief Fresco, the Cup-bearer Fresco, and any and all fragments from the additional corridors leading to the south entrance and in the entrance. The 22 are divided into 3 related groups: A of 7 figures, B of 12 figures, and C of 3 figures.
Procession Fresco Group A Knossos Minoan LM I Heraklion Figures 1-7 of the procession Fresco. A pairwise procession of ladies with flounced skirts, bodices unknown, long tresses, facing to the right playing musical instruments: two sistra, one double pipe, and a 7-stringed lyre. The front pair raises its arms in the gesture of adulation.
Procession Fresco Group B Knossos Minoan LM I Heraklion Figures 8-19 of the procession Fresco. Groups of youths approach a central goddess from the right and left. She wears a flounced skirt, open bodice, headdress. Tresses extend to the ground. The head and lower body are in profile. Upper torso frontal. Hands are up, in each two double axes. On the left are 6 kilted males. The 4 nearest the goddess raise arms in adulation. Behind them 2 more bear pots. On the right a pair of kilted males, skirted females, raise arms in adulation. To the far right a kilted male faces the opposite direction.
Procession Fresco Group C Knossos Minoan LM I Heraklion Figures 20-22 of the procession Fresco. Three kilted youths bearing pottery in procession from left to right. Rocks in background. The weave of the kilts is detailed.
Temple Fresco,
Grandstand Fresco,
Palace feast
Knossos Minoan LM I Heraklion A miniature fresco showing the facade of the Tripartite Shrine bordering on the Central Court of the palace at Knossos, surrounded by men in a red wash background and some women in an ivory background. Some ladies shown seated. Supporting pillars at sides possibly of a grandstand. The court is walled.

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