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Reproduction of the "Cupbearer" fresco

By Emile Gilliéron père, 1908

Period:
Late Minoan II-IIIA
Date:
ca. 1450–1300 B.C.
Culture:
Minoan
Medium:
watercolor on paper
Dimensions:
Other: 82 1/2 x 27 1/2 in. (209.6 x 69.9 cm)
Credit Line:
Dodge Fund, 1909
Accession Number:
09.135.1
  • Description

    Excavated 1900 in the South Propylaeum, Knossos.

    The "Cupbearer" fresco was the first portrayal of an ancient Cretan to be discovered during Evans's excavations at Knossos. The figure holds a large conical rhyton, a ritual vessel used to pour libations, and was part of a larger group of processional figures, of whom Gillieron partially restored one more on this panel.

    The original is in the Archaeological Museum of Herakleion, Crete.

  • References

    Evans, Arthur J. 1900. "The Palace of Knossos." The Annual of the British School at Athens, 6: p. 15-16.

    Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1910. Catalogue of the Collection of Casts. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, no. 299, p. 388.

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1910. "Cretan Reproductions." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 5 (5): pp. 115-116, fig. 4.

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1917. Handbook of the Classical Collection. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 21, fig. 12.

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1927. Handbook of the Classical Collection. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 28, fig. 18.

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1930. Handbook of the Classical Collection. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 28, fig. 18.

    Winlock, Herbert E. and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1934. "Preface to." A Guide to the Collections, Vol. 1. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

    Ivans, William Mills and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1939. "Preface to." A Guide to the Collections / The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

    Evans, Joan. 1943. Time and Chance: The Story of Arthur Evans and His Forebears. London; New York; Toronto: Longmans, Green and Co.

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