A Time of Gifts 2019

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.

Made for us in Greece, this ceramic wall-tile is painted by hand, so there may be a slight variation in colour from piece to piece.

In order to make them look as close to the original as possible, many of the tiles have a 'craquelure' effect, to replicate the fine pattern of "cracking" formed on the surface of paintings, in particular due to the aging of paints and pigments.

Should you wish to put these tiles in a bathroom or garden, we recommend that you apply a coat of transparent PVA sealant to protect them from rain and frost. They are supplied ready to hang, with a sturdy, embedded metal strip or, if preferred, they can be incorporated as features within a tiled wall.

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dimensions Height: 32cm Width: 24cm Depth to wall: approx 1.75cm

Minoan Procession Fresco - priestess (large)

  • Code: MM-084
  • Status: In Stock
  • £70.00

  • excl tax: £58.33