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Week 3 Cycladic 2500 BCE Male Lyre Player Sculpture in the round, body is simplified Reduced to geometric essentials Figure is in an expressive pose, get the feeling that figure is actually playing the harp The use of the harp symbolizes relation to funeral services balance of form makes it aesthetically pleasing does not have a definite purpose Minoan 1500 BCE Palace Complex- Knossos Sunlit courtyards Richly colored wall murals, frescoes wet fresco, painted on wet plaster Sophisticated plumbing system No religious structures but there were shrines at the base of the mountain Oldest and largest complex destroyed by earthquake Plan of the palace is haphazard, believed that a minotaur lived underneath in a labyrinth plans were interpreted as a labyrinth but was probably built for storage Style of architecture: capital and column structure will be influential to later greek architecture Structure is built using post and lintel High standard of living have sanitation Women or Goddess with Snakes, palace, Knossos Found in the throne room Figure is more like a priestess performing ritual of snake holding demonstrate power over animals Votive statue Arms are outstretched shows action, snakes are “moving” Prominent breasts symbolizes fertility, snakes are phallic symbols male fertility Snakes shed skin regeneration, rebirth, fertility Bull-Jumping, wall paint Women depicted w/ light skin, men with dark skin Woman on the right has just finished jumping, man in the middle is in midst of jumping, woman on the left is holding the bull’s horns and is about to make the leap Depicts an initiation or fertility ritual/ or it is an honor to a god by displaying human courage Fresco, painted into wet plaster Figures in profile, shows action
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Octopus Flask Paintings of sea animals represent Cretan maritime power Painter captures grace and energy of natural forms, presents figures as a stylized design in harmony with shape of the vessel (the flask) Crete was famous for pottery that they imported to other places, important for archeological investigation help dates certain things Naturalistic form of octopus Mycenaean 1300 BCE Lioness Gate Leads into the citadel Post and lintel structure Relieving arch- corbel arch around post and lintel structure Pair of lions in the opening: lions flank a Minoan column (possibly symbolizing the
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This note was uploaded on 05/06/2008 for the course AHIS 120g taught by Professor Malone during the Fall '07 term at USC.

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