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Minoan Sea Daffodils 'Lilies' Fresco, Precision Restoration, Akrotiri, Santorini, Greece

Minoan Sea Daffodils 'Lilies' Fresco Restoration
Original Painting of Ancient Artwork
Late Bronze Age (LBA)
Late Minoan I (LM I) Period
Late Cycladic I (LC I) Period
Painted sometime before ~1613 BC
House of the Ladies, Room 1, South Wall of West Section
Akrotiri, Santorini (Thera), Greece

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Artwork Description
This fresco was found during the excavations conducted by Spyridon Marinatos from 1967 to 1974 at Akrotiri on the southern coast of the ringed islands of Santorini (the Pompeii of the Aegean) which was covered by thick deposits of ash and pumice from the great Bronze Age eruption of the Santorini volcano that occurred between 1627 and 1600 BC. It was discovered on the south wall of the west section of room 1 in the House of the Ladies and is 1.75 meters (5.7 feet) wide and 2.70 meters (8.9 feet) high.

Statement on Restorations
All restorations were derived by using as objective and rigorous of a methodology as possible. I didn't want my biases or psychological preferences to subjectively "color" the effort. All my restorations use the same precision methodology. My only motivation was to do my best to reveal what they would have looked like when freshly painted.


Map of Location where the Minoan Miniature Frieze Admirals Flotilla Fresco was Discovered, West House, Room 2, Akrotiri Archaeological SiteAkrotiri, Santorini (Thera), Greece
Map of Location where the
Minoan Sea Daffodils 'Lilies' Fresco
was Discovered
House of the Ladies, Room 1, South Wall of West Section
Akrotiri Archaeological Site
Akrotiri, Santorini (Thera), Greece


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