DescriptionOriginal Reproduction, Late Bronze Age (LBA), Late Minoan (LM) Period, Knossos, Crete, Greece. 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 Gilliéron in 1905. The original restoration is in the Heraklion Archaeological Museum in Heraklion, Crete. 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.
W. Sheppard Baird, . Member Since December 2008 Artist Statement While best known as a scholar of Aegean Prehistory and the author of "The Minoan Psychopath" I've brought my artistic talents to bear in order to create a gallery of some of the wonderful artwork of the ancient Bronze Age Minoans. Many of these works are rarely seen in their full originally reconstructed and especially their precisely restored glory by the scholars and public alike. My primary motivation is to bring them to the attention of the public and students so they can be better appreciated for the masterpieces they are.