Category Archives: Art

Reconstructing Minoan metal vessel crafting techniques

I’m reading a really excellent article on Academia.edu by Christina Clarke from the Proceedings of the 39th Symposium for Archaeometry about her research and adventures in reconstructing metal Minoan vessels. https://www.academia.edu/7761498/Minoan_Metal_Vessel_Manufacture_Reconstructing_Techniques_and_Technology_with_Experimental_Archaeology Figure 1 alone is worth the read with its … Continue reading

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Linear B Inscribed Handmade Pendants on Etsy

I’ve long wanted some Linear B inscribed jewelry. I couldn’t find any while I was on Crete, so I finally decided to make some. I put up a few extras on Etsy (a-ne-mo i-je-re-ja; e-ra; ka-ke-u; ko-wa; ko-wo; ma-te; ma-te … Continue reading

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The Ring of Minos

The Ring of Minos (1600 – 1450 BCE), Iraklion Archaeological Museum, Crete “It is a truism in archaeology that religious interpretations are often assigned to artifacts that are otherwise as yet inexplicable […]” – D.J. Ian Begg Signet rings are … Continue reading

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White Women and Red Men?

I received an interesting comment on my post about the crossovers in Minoan and Egyptian art, and it inspired me to compile a quick tally of who is red and who is white in the frescoes from Knossos and Santorini, … Continue reading

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Symbol AB45 – acrophonic abbreviations and a Minoan pun?

Symbol AB45, transcribed as DE from its Linear B equivalent, appears in two forms in Linear A. the cross-legged variant @ Hagia Triada (HT9, HT13, HT31, HT86, HT94, HT95) and Kophinas (KOZf2) the three-legged variant @ Zakros (ZA10, ZA11, ZAZb3), … Continue reading

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Minoan-Egyptian Art?

Every once in awhile, I’ll be at an ancient Egyptian exhibit, and one of the wall paintings will look very Minoan to me. For instance, compare the 2620 BCE wall painting “The Geese of Maydum” from the tomb of Nefermaat … Continue reading

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Minoan bag

Awesome! Christina of SugarLust on etsy.com has just completed this amazing custom Minoan bag for me. The double axe is based on one of the axes found in the Arkalokhori cave and the swallows are from one of the Theran … Continue reading

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Santorini by Christos Doumas

Santorini: a guide to the island and its archaeological treasures by Christos Doumas I had the extraordinary good fortune of finding a used copy of this wonderful book at the Powell’s City of Books in Portland, Oregon this week. Powell’s … Continue reading

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New banner

Many, many thanks to my long-time friend, artist Christopher Sumption, for the gorgeous banner he put together for this blog. Thank you, Chris! “Zigurat Six” by Christopher Sumption

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