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The permanent exhibition of the Heraklion Archaeological Museum

The "Parisian woman", part of a fresco from Knosos
Fresco of "La Parisienne"

This fragmentary fresco of a young woman is one of the most celebrated images of Minoan art. The striking figure with her large eyes, red-painted lips, retrouss? nose and curly hair falling playfully over her forehead, expresses the verve and naturalism of Minoan art. Dressed in a sumptuous priestly garment with a sacral knot on the back, she is the personification of natural harmony and movement. The woman belonged to a large composition, the so-called « Camp Stool Fresco », where she was seated on a folding seat receiving, along with other male and female figures, a sacred kylix. When the fresco was found in 1903, the lady was christened « La Parisienne » by Arthur Evans, as she was thought to epitomize feminine beauty of that time.

Exhibit Features
Date: Late Bronze Age, about 1450 BC
Place of discovery: Knosos, palace
Dimensions: height: 0,20 m
Exhibition hole: Hall XV
Copyright: Hellenic Ministry of Culture
  Suggestive Bibliography
Ελληνική Τέχνη, Η αυγή της ελληνικής τέχνης, Αθήνα, 1994, αρ. 94 211, 327
Σακελλαράκης Ι.Α., Μουσείο Ηρακλείου, Αθήνα, 2003, 125-127
Βασιλάκης Α., Αρχαιολογικό Μουσείο Ηρακλείου, Αθήνα, χ.χ., 200-201