Minoan Miniature Frieze Admirals Flotilla Fresco - Ringed Islands of Thera Scene


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Minoan Miniature Frieze Admirals Flotilla Fresco Art Thera Scene, Precision Restoration, Akrotiri, Santorini, Greece

Minoan Depiction of the Ringed Islands of Thera
Minoan Miniature Frieze Admirals Flotilla Fresco
Precision Restoration
Late Bronze Age (LBA)
Neo-Palatial Late Minoan I (LM I) Period
Late Cycladic I (LC I) Period
Painted sometime before ~1613 BC
West House, Room 5, South Wall
Akrotiri, Santorini (Thera), Greece

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This is the first precision restoration of a scene from the Miniature Frieze "Flotilla" Fresco. It depicts a detailed view of the ringed islands of Thera just before the great Bronze Age eruption of the Santorini marine volcano. It was derived from multiple original sources but especially from the superb publication "The Wall-Paintings of Thera" by Christos Doumas. While it represents a minimalist effort to accurately display the artist's original intention some areas of the fresco were so damaged that some degree of subjective interpretation was required to complete it. It clearly shows an inner island ringed by water in the middle of the caldera with a palace complex or town dominating the scene.

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 Miniature Frieze Admirals Flotilla Fresco
was Discovered
West House, Room 5, South Wall
Akrotiri Archaeological Site
Akrotiri, Santorini (Thera), Greece


Minoan Miniature Frieze Admirals Flotilla Fresco, Akrotiri, Santorini, Greece


Minoan Miniature Frieze Admirals Flotilla Fresco, Three Panels, Akrotiri, Santorini, Greece

Minoan Miniature Frieze Admirals Flotilla Fresco
Late Bronze Age (LBA)
Neo-Palatial Late Minoan I Period
The West House, Room 5, South Wall
3.90 x 0.43 meters
Akrotiri, Santorini (Thera), Greece.


The West House, or Admiral's House, at Akrotiri was excavated by Spyridon Marinatos during the 1971 and 1972 seasons. Besides the magnificent Miniature Frieze Admirals Flotilla Fresco other artworks found here were two frescoes of the Fishermen and the Young Priestess fresco.

W. Sheppard Baird