Friday, March 14, 2008

Minoans in Manhattan! This is SO exciting!

Minoans in Manhattan
March 13, 2008
Text by Mark Rose

Photos courtesy Onassis Public Benefit Foundation
A new exhibition offers a rare opportunity to appreciate the achievements of Crete's Bronze Age civilization.
An important new exhibition, From the Land of the Labyrinth: Minoan Crete, 3000-1100 B.C., has just opened at the Onassis Cultural Center in New York. It brings more than 280 artifacts from Crete--from a miniature gold double-ax to a four-foot-tall storage jar, from wall paintings to carbonized figs--most of which have never been shown abroad before and some being displayed for the first time ever. On loan from the archaeological museums of Herakleion, Khania, Rethymnon, Haghios Nikolaos, Ierapetra, Siteia, and Kissamos in Crete, the artifacts are arranged in 11 thematic sections intended "to reveal aspects of daily life in the Minoan civilization--including social structure, communications, bureaucratic organization, religion and technology--during the third and second millennia B.C." The first solely Minoan exhibition in the United States, From the Land of the Labyrinth is a great overview of the civilization and its achievements....
(Top) Miniature gold double-ax votiveArkalochori cave, Middle Minoan IIIB (ca. 1650-1600 B.C.)(Courtesy Onassis Public Benefit Foundation)
(Middle) Carved chlorite bull's head with (restored) gilded hornsZakros, end of Late Minoan IB (ca. 1450 B.C.)(Courtesy Onassis Public Benefit Foundation)
(Bottom) Heavily mended and restored wall painting ("The Partridge Fresco")Knossos, Middle Minoan III-Late Minoan IA (ca. 1700-1525/1500 B.C.)(Courtesy Onassis Public Benefit Foundation)

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