Prince of the Lilies – Minoan Crete
Athens 2004 Olympic Games Pin
The Prince of the Lilies or the Lily prince, is a celebrated ancient Minoan fresco on the Greek island of Crete dated to circa 1550 BC (the new palace period between 1700 and 1450 BC).
Fresco painting was one of the most important forms of Minoan art. Unfortunately, many of the surviving examples are fragmentary. The walls of the great halls of the palaces and houses of Crete were skilfully decorated with frescoes. The paint was applied swiftly while the wall plaster was still wet, so that the colours would be completely absorbed and not fade. The Minoans followed the Egyptian convention regarding colours, for example, red for men’s flesh, white for women’s flesh, yellow represented gold, blue represented silver, and red represented bronze. By the existing frescoes one can gain the sense of the character of Minoan life and art and the Minoan joie de vivre.
The pin depicts the “Prince of the Lilies” of the Minoan Crete
Product: Olympic Pin
Pin code: #03-009-001
Official Licensed Product
Licensed Manufacturer: Efsimon Collection