Reproduction of the "Throne of Minos"
Late Bronze Age
ca. 1700–1425 B.C.
Other: 58 1/2 x 25 x 33 3/4 in. (148.6 x 63.5 x 85.7 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1906
Not on view
The Metropolitan commissioned from Sir Arthur Evans a plaster cast of the gypsum throne at Knossos in 1906, only six years after the excavation of the original. The blackened areas reproduce in paint the parts that were scorched during the final conflagration of the palace at the end of the Late Minoan IIIA2 period (ca. 1300 B.C.). Evans dubbed this seat the "Throne of Minos" after the legendary king for whom he also named the Minoan civilization.The original is in the throne room of the palace of Minos at Knossos.