Ancient Minoan fresco - this looks like an ancient Mediterranean ancestor of Marc Chagall....

""Minoan goddess picking saffron crocus flower"" this is because they were used to cure menstrual cramps, which were tied to the moon cycles and snake shedding, all symbols of the cosmic cycles in their religion.

The Stream of Time: The Minoans: Fashion - Woman from the Procession of Ladies fresco at Akrotiri

The Stream of Time: The Minoans: Fashion - Woman from the Procession of Ladies fresco at Akrotiri.

Minoan Fresco of Women    Inspiration for the Mycenaean Greeks for centuries. Style of hair is similar to Egypt whom the Minoans copied many art trends.

Minoan woman in Fitted Bodice.Greece & Crete - Minoan women: long, dark, curly hair, colorful ruffled skirts, bodices cut underneath the breasts

Minoan art: Ancient Greece <- this is so modern and gorgeous! Hard to believe it is ancient. Just beautiful.

Minoan Octopus Vase 'I'd like to be/under the sea/in an octopus's garden/with you' - I can't help it, I hear this every time I see this vase

Minoan Art by Piedmont Fossil, via Flickr

Minoan Art Reproduction of ancient Minoan art. The ancient Minoan civilization included settlements on the pre-eruption island of Thera. Some think the colapse of the volcanic crater into the sea lead to the myth of the lost continent of Atlantis.

minoans - les anciens habitants de l'île de Santorin qui a inspiré Platon et donné naissance à son dialogue sur la destruction de l'Atlantide.

Minoan: Women wear exposed bodices, aprons, and their flared/ruffled skirts; Men wear wrapped skirts with tassel, perizoma, T-shaped tunics with decorative bands.

The Goddess Ariadne (keeper of the labyrinth) and Snakes from Minoan culture, Crete. Ariadne is goddess of fertility connected to Ishtar (Astarte)

The Snake

The Goddess Ariadne, keeper of the labyrinth and snakes, Minoan culture, Crete. Ariadne is the goddess of fertility connected to Ishtar (Astarte)

The Minoan was a Bronze Age civilization that arose on the island of Crete and flourished from approximately the 27th century BCE to the 15th century BCE.

*GREECE ~ The Minoan was a Bronze Age. Minoan eight handled amphora

Minoan civilazation. The Bull was a central theme in the Minoan civilization, with bull heads and bull horns used as symbols in the Knossos palace. Minoan frescos and ceramics depict the bull-leaping ritual in which participants bulls. Μινωικός πολιτισμός. Ο Ταύρος ήταν το κεντρικό θέμα στο μινωικό πολιτισμό,και τα κεφάλια ταύρου και τα κέρατα ταύρου χρησιμοποιήθηκαν ως σύμβολα του ανακτόρου της Κνωσού. Οι Μινωικές τοιχογραφίες και τα κεραμικά απεικόνιζαν τα ταυροκαθάψια, ...

SUN IN TAURUS 2000 - 4000 BCE Minoan; the bull and the labrys (the double headed ceremonial ax; from which the labyrinth takes its name) are two of the oldest images associated with the Greek civilization

Minoan fresco of papyrus on the island of Akrotiri, preserved by the volcanic explosion of neighbouring Thera.

miamou: Minoan Sea Daffodils Late Bronze age painted some time before 1630 BC Akrotiri, Thera Via Franswazz

detail: Minoan Bull Leaping, Crete, circa  2000 - 1500 BC, was a kind of bullfighting, practiced as a religious ritual involving male and female acrobats leaping over a running bull. (Giovanni Caselli/Knossos/user: Aethon)

(detail) Minoan Bull Leaping, Crete, circa 2000 - 1500 BC, was a kind of bullfighting, practiced as a religious ritual involving male and female acrobats leaping over a running bull.

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Minoan art Archives - Ceramics and Pottery Arts and Resources

Minoan Era Golden Bee...All the way back to the Greeks they knew how the world worked.

Gold Ornament in the form of a Bee BC Minoan Length: cm (Source: The British Museum

Bronze age fresco of a lady from Crete http://en.protothema.gr/excavations-yield-impressive-results-at-mountain-top-minoan-settlement/#.Ve72YX2TYi0.facebook

One thing I like about the Minoans is that their art shows them to be a happy, vibrant people. If I could go back in time, I'd want to visit that civilization - Minoan fresco.

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