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The Bull-Baiters by John Duncan, 1917, from Myths of Crete and Pre-Hellenic Europe by Donald A. Mackenzie

Ladies of the Minoan Court by John Duncan, 1917, from Myths of Crete and Pre-Hellenic Europe by Donald A. Mackenzie

Sea-Traders from Crete by John Duncan, 1917, from Myths of Crete and Pre-Hellenic Europe by Donald A. Mackenzie

THE SNAKE GODDESS OF CRETE From the painting by John Duncan, A.R.S.A.

Bull Leaping; fresco from the Palace of Knossos (Heraklion, Crete), ca. 1500 B.C., Height, including upper border, approx. 24 1/2"; appears to be some ancient ritual in which 1 girl holds the horns, 1 girl stands, arms extended, and a male leaps over the back of the bull

"The Babylonians had a myth that a being emerged from the Erythraean Sea who was part man and part fish and thus adopted the deity into their culture in their earliest days in history. Their have also been discoveries of the fish-god in the sculptures found in Nineveh, Assyria."

Fresco of Dolphins from the excavations of Knossos on the Greek island of Crete, showing the typical white-and-blue color scheme.

Knossos - A priestess at the altar. (detail of the Hagia Triada sarcophagus) Heraklion Archeological Museum (photo by Dimitrios Harissiadis)

Minoan frying pan with decorative spirals. From around 2700 to 1450 BC, the Minoan civilization flourished as a seafaring and mercantile culture. This vibrant culture was centred around the island of Crete and eventually dominated the Agean region. The Egyptians called the Minoans “the Sea Peoples” and had a fond appreciation for Minoan pottery and ceramics, prized for their innovative shapes and sea-inspired designs

Priestess in a shrine which was used for the initiation of young women. The flounced skirts and exposed breasts are typical of Minoan priestesses of the Great Goddess

Wall painting of Reindeer, Lascaux Cave, France, c-15,000 B.C.

A Roman wall painting from Pompeii 1AD. Naples National Museum

Detail of painting from Minoan Crete in Greece. Hellenistic Bronze Age triad on a Sarcophage

Minoan wall painting at Knossos of an octopus.

Lascaux Cave Paintings ♉★ taurus ★ ♉

#Pompeii -- Fresco -- Garden scene -- Excavated at Pompeii -- No further reference provided.

Ancient Craft - prehistoric art patterns for making "cave paintings"

The first cave drawings: Lascaux, France

Fresco of Minoan beauty 1600 BC Crete Greece

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