"Potnia in Akrotiri"
Ink | Acrylic | Watercolor paper
26 x 40 inches, archival ink and acrylic paint on watercolor paper
Akrotiri is a Minoan Bronze Age settlement on the Greek volcanic island named Thira, or Thera.
Akrotiri was one of the most important Minoan urban centers and ports in the Aegean Sea when it was covered by volcanic ash in the 17th century BC., over 3,000 years ago.
Excavations have unearthed part of the town's buildings. The most striking of finds have been exquisitely painted and detailed mural paintings or frescoes.
depicting animals, plants, seascapes and mythological creatures.
The image of the Goddess of "Potnia" was located in Xeste 3 building, believed to be a private residence. She is also named the Goddess and protector of Animals and the Saffron Goddess.
She is shown here seated flanked by a griffon. She is holding saffron in both hands. Saffron is the stem of the crocus flower. It is native to Greece and used as a die, pigment, ingredient for perfumes, offerings, ointments and medical treatments.
The floorpan is that of Xeste 3. The swallows, the dolphin and the drowning figures are drawn from other fresco details.
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