Josef Kern (Austrian, b. 1953), Margeriten. Oil on canvas, 68.5 x 105 cm.
National Archaeological Museum / Archaeological Site of Mycenae:
Objects of carved stone:
- A steatite and serpentinite two piece vase with pierced base and relief octopus with a representation of a marinescape. Differences in manufacturing attest the hands of two artisans from Mycenaean Greece or Minoan Crete. From Tomb 26.
- Sprouted stone bowl with handle.
- Stone lamp with relief decoration othe rim, from Tomb 102.
- Sprouted stone vase, from Tomb 102.
- Stone vase, from the Acropolis of Mycenae.
- Stone bridge-sprouted jug from Minoan Crete, Tomb 102.
- Stone vase with added neck and lid, from the Acropolis of Mycenae.
Nafplion Archaeological Museum:
Scenes from the natural world on mycenaean pottery.
Archaeological Museum of Mycenae:
From the museum:
Women of the Mycenaean world:
The role that women played in the Mycenaean world is suggested through iconography, many precious and household objects as well as Linear B tablets.Specialisation such as the textile industry and corn grinding but also many other skills involved in domestic economy were undertaken by women who were either slaves or tied workers. Women who presumably belonged to the upper class were directly involved in royal activities, while many fine pieces of personal adornment were made to satisfy their female coquetry. The goddesses with their Minoan dress, the venerable priestesses but also the vast number of figures and figurines reveal the important role women played in religious activities and consequently their special social status.
Archaeological Museum of Marathon:
Statuary from the sanctuary of Egyptian deities on the isle of the Little Marsh south of the plain of Marathon. The sanctuary as well as the adjacent opulent bath was built in the 2nd century A.D, possibly by Herodes Atticus. The isle was connected to the mainland by land strips, within the lush vegetation of the marsh in a way that was meant to be reminiscent of the Delta of the Nile.
The statues mainly present Isis in different forms. The cult of Isis took roots in greek space at about 4th century B.C and was associated with the worship of Demeter.
National Archaeological Museum, Athens:
A cup with a representation of a bird. (16th century B.C), from Phylakopi of Milos.
This type of cups is probably among my favourite groups of prehistoric artifacts, they look remarkably like modern teacups, and they come in a wealth of dainty designs.
The Castle City of Mystras / The temple of Peribleptos:
The temple of Peribleptos devoted to the Holy Virgin was built in the 14th century. it was founded by the first Despotes of Mystras, Manuel Katakouzenos and his wife Isabella de Lusignan.
The frescoes were executed in the third quarter of the 14th century and they are the work of four painters. These frescoes are also regarded as the most important group of the post-Byzantine period, since similar groups have not been found, or survived, in the capital of Byzantium, Constantinople (Istanbul). The artistry and unity of the representations are of high artistic value.
It should be noted that the churches of Mystra are still in function as places of religious worship, so please be respectful when inside. It should go without saying that flash photography is absolutely prohibited.
John Cassavetes and Shafi Hadi during the recording of Charles Mingus’ original score for Shadows, 1959.