Frame with detail of the "La Parisienne", the famous relief fresco dating from about 1400 B.C. It was found in the palace of Knossos in Crete. The relief representation is made of shiny copper and is mounted on a white wooden frame with glass.
Dimensions: 25 cm x 25 cm x 4,3 cm
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"La Parisienne" also known as the Minoan Lady, is part of the "Camp Stool Fresco", which was painted on the wall at the palace of Knossos. This fragmentary fresco of a young woman is one of the most celebrated images of Minoan art.
The striking figure with her large eyes, red-painted lips and curly hair falling playfully over her forehead, expresses the verve and naturalism of Minoan art. She is dressed in a sumptuous priestly garment with a sacral knot on the back, that indicates that she is a priestess or even a goddess. She is the personification of natural harmony and movement. When the fresco was found in 1903, the lady was christened "La Parisienne" by Arthur Evans, as she was thought to epitomize feminine beauty of that time.
The fresco dates from the Neopalatial period, around 1400 B.C., and is currently in the Herakleion Archaeological Museum.
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