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The Prince of the Lilies or the Lily prince, is a celebrated ancient Minoan fresco on the Greek island of Crete dated to circa 1550 BC (the new palace period between 1700 and 1450 BC).

Artists of ancient Crete! -   Priest-King Fresco, c. 1,550-1,450 BCE, Knossos, Crete (Minoan)

Priest-King Fresco, Prince of the Lilies, BCE, Knossos, Crete (Minoan)

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 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

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Minojski kostim (Krit i Mikena)

Minoan fresco, love this culture, they would jump the bulls- wall is treated with lime and plaster becomes permanent part of surface- earliest were created by minoans in Crete

Minoan fresco- The ancient ritual of Tavrokathapsia ( Ταυροκαθάψια) , where young athletes,male and female,performed dance acrobatics on a sacred bull.

Minoan Fresco Tile "The Prince with Lillies"

Minoan Fresco Tile "The Prince with Lillies". between 1700 and 1400 BCE.

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 16th century BCE, preserving much of the art there.

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.

House of Ladies Fresco, Akrotiri, Thera

House of Ladies Fresco from bronze age Etruscan colony Akrotiri, Thera

Crete - Heraklion - Knossos - Prince of the Lilies, Minoan fresco. Image courtesy of Travel Pictures Gallery W2C

Crete - Heraklion - Knossos - Prince of the Lilies, Minoan fresco (detail). Image courtesy of Travel Pictures Gallery

A fisherman from Thera (Minoan civilication, around 1550 BCE)

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.

Minoan: Bell shape ruffle skirt, fitted bodice, hair is curry, headdress for ceremonial use.

"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.

The Saffron Goddess (1600 B.C.) is a detail from a Minoan fresco depicting a saffron harvest. She sits supervising the plucking of flowers and the gleaning of stigmas for use in the manufacture of what is possibly a therapeutic drug. A mythological griffin, considered to be a combination of the body of a lion as king of the beasts and the head of an eagle, stands guard.

World History Facts — tamedkite: Minoan frescoes, 1500 BC (bronze age)

The priestesses were female, and Minoan religion was matriarchal with an all-powerful mother goddess.   This Minoan priestess from Akitori on Santorini has a head which is mostly shaven and lips and ears which are painted red. She holds a fire-box and appears to be adding incense to the fire.

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