By Mabel L Lang
From millions of fragments of plaster the writer has assembled clues to the scheme of the wall portray during this royal palace destroyed by means of hearth on the finish of the 13th century B.C.
Originally released in 1969.
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T 29 ] Nautilus 889-891, Mycenae of scale- CATALOGUE INTRODUCTION NLY a small part of the vast quantity of plaster found at Ano Englianos has been catalogued: most of the human figures (except the very fragmentary examples of familiar types); most of the animals (where some anatomical features are present); most of the recognizable architecture and flora. For the rest a generous sample of motifs has been included both to show the variety and to facilitate brief descriptions in the Palace Survey of Plaster Remains and Decoration (p.
Room 20's Nautilus Frieze (3 F 20) with its upper edge suggests that both this scene and its first cousin in the Inner Propylon (2) were beneath a beam, perhaps the one which served as lintel of the doors, so that the ca. 64 m. zone would go from eye-level up. T h e upper border of the H u n t i n g Scene from Room 43 and Corridor 48 also requires a horizontal beam; this, too, is probably the one at the top of the door. Both upper and lower edges of 21 C 46 (Lion and Griffin) are preserved, giving a height of ca.
This appearance of pairs of women in niches would explain the absence of the changing colored backgrounds otherwise so usual both at Pylos and elsewhere. The use of changing background colors had a long and varied history. A brief survey of the different kinds and directions of changes in Minoan-Mycenaean painting will serve as a good background against which to view the practices current at Pylos. The change of color may be on either the horizontal or the vertical axis, and it may be along a straight or wavy front, but there are no examples known to me where the change is both horizontal and straight.