Bull Leaping Fresco
The fresco shown in the image is a copy of the Bull Leaping fresco reconstructed from the fragments found at the archaeological site at Knossos located on the Greek island of Crete, Greece. It is on display at the Minoan Palace situated in this site.
The Bull Leaping fresco belonged to the Minoans, a mysterious civilization that thrived in Crete more than 4000 years ago. It depicts a dangerous game of leaping over a bull and was played by both men and women. The person who leaps over the bull is believed to be a man and the persons standing in front and back of the bull are believed to be a women. The gender of the players is inferred from the color code used by the painters, i.e., light color for women and brown for men.
The Bull Leaping game was important to the Minoans, and it could have been ceremonial.
Palace at Knossos Images
– Horns of Consecration – Sacred horns of the bull
– Ruins of a multi-storied structure
– Ruins of Palace at Knossos
– Reconstructed hall with columns and frescoes
– Bastion of the Bull
– King’s Megaron and Stoa
– Queen’s Megaron
– Jars at “The Magazines of the Great Pithoi”
– Pithoi Jars
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