The original 'Fresco of the Procession', dating to ca 1500BC, is thought to have contained about 350 figures in a continuous frieze and decorated the entire length of the corridor leading from the West Court to the South Propylaea. Sir Arthur Evans created quite a stir when he discovered this fresco in 1901: this was the first appearance of a 'Minoan face'. The male and female figures carry a variety of ritual vessels and musical instruments and wear gold and silver belts, anklets and bracelets. Panels from the original frieze are now in the museum in Heraklion.
The bare-breasted priestess shown here, with her elaborate clothing and headdress, is reminiscent of the statue of the Minoan Snake Goddesses, a powerful image in the Minoan Civilisation.
Minoan Procession Fresco - priestess (large)
- Height: 32cm Width: 24cm Depth to wall: approx 1.75cm