MYCENAE: FINDS FROM 

THE ROOM WITH THE FRESCO COMPLEX

Of all the finds made in the Room with the Fresco, the ivory head of a youth is the most remarkable. At one third life size, it is carved from the central portion of an ivory tusk whose natural cavity was used to attach it to a wooden body. Peg holes to fasten it in place can be seen around the neck.

This unique and delicately carved head was found on the floor beside the altar and it is conjectured that it formed part of a cult figure completed with a wooden body or frame covered with clothing which once stood on or beside the altar. 

 

 Drawings by T. Christie

 

Another unique object found beside the altar was a finely carved ivory lion. It may once have stood on the altar itself. Modelled in a crouched position, it has a rectangular socket on its underside which would fit the arm of a throne or similar piece of furniture. Like several other objects in the room it may have been salvaged for possible reuse.                  68-1191

Photo courtesy of the Epitropi Mycenon

Drawings by T. Christie

Other objects included numerous pottery vessels for cooking and storage and a lead basin which contained, among other items, an Egyptian faience plaque. This was an heirloom which bears the name of Amenhotep III and must have reached Mycenae as a result of diplomatic contacts 100 years earlier than its deposition in the Room with the Fresco around 1230 BC.

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