Part of a large composition from an upper-storey room of the “Villa of the Lilies” at Amnissos. The fresco depicts white lilies against a red ground and red irises against a white ground with long stems blooming symmetrically in front of a stepped fence. The composition, including other plants in flowerbeds, is thought to depict a fenced garden, a place of leisure and pleasure as well as a marker of high social status. It was executed using a combination of both the fresco and the in cavo techniques, the later involving cutting away the fresco surface in places and refilling the grooves with thick pigment.

Amnissos, Villa, Neopalatial period (1600 - 1500 BC)


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