The famous Minoan Palace of Knossos lies 5 kilometres southeast of Heraklion, in the valley of the river Kairatos. The first settlement in the Knossos area was established circa 7000 BC, during the Neolithic Period - Crete, Greece
The boxing boys fresco is one of many well preserved frescoes from the island of Thera (Santorini). Thera was destroyed by a violent volcanic eruption, probably in the century BCE, preserving much of the art there.
The Fisherman Fresco from Akrotiri on the Aegean island of Thera (Santorini). The male may actually be a youth offering fish as part of a religious ceremony rather than a fisherman. From Room 5 of the West.
"OUR LADY OF THE GRIFFINS" This one was inspired by a statue of a snake goddess from Crete. I have placed her between 2 griffins. These mythological beasts, which are a composite of lion, bird of prey and snake, often appear in Minoan and Mycenaean art.
Minoan religion was matriarchal w/an all-powerful mother goddess. This Minoan priestess from Akitori-Santorini has a head which is mostly shaven; lips ears which are painted red. She holds a fire-box appears to be adding incense to the fire