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 at Knossos on Crete. 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.

This part of the frieze depicts three female musicians: two playing the diauloi (double-pipe) and the other the lyre.

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: 16cm Width: 12cm Approximate depth to wall: 1.75cm

Minoan Procession Fresco - female musicians (small)

  • Code: MM-85
  • Status: In Stock
  • £30.00

  • excl tax: £25.00