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Minoan Priest King Feathered Prince of Lilies Fresco, Knosso, Crete, Greece

Minoan Priest King
Feathered Prince of Lilies Fresco
Original Painting of Ancient Artwork
Late Bronze Age (LBA)
Late Minoan (LM) Period
Knossos, Crete, Greece

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Artwork Description
The first fragments of the "Feathered Prince" fresco were found during Evans' excavation near the south entrance to the central court of the palace at Knossos on May 11, 1901. It was restored by the artist Emile Gillieron in 1905. A replica of the fresco is on display at Knossos near to where its fragments were found. The fresco's young male figure with broad shoulders and a narrow waist is dressed in a type of kilt similar to those worn in the "Bull Leaping" fresco and a crown of lilies and peacock feathers. He is also adorned with a necklace of golden lilies. The figure is thought to be leading a griffin or sphinx by the rope in his left hand through a field of lilies. A replica of the fresco is displayed over the door on the north side of the room. The original reconstructed fresco is on display at the Heraklion Archaeological Museum in Crete.
Map of Location where the Minoan Priest King Feathered Prince of Lilies Fresco was Discovered, near the Southern Entrance to Central Court, Corridor of the Procession, Knossos, Crete, Greece
Map of Location where the
Minoan Priest King Feathered Prince of Lilies Fresco
was Discovered
near the Southern Entrance to the Central Court
Corridor of the Procession
Knossos, Crete, Greece


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