A newly discovered Minoan faience plaque from the Knossos town mosaic in the Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery: A technological insight
Nicoletta Momigliano, Laura Phillips, Michela Spataro, Nigel Meeks & Andrew Meek Annual of the British School at Athens 109 (2014), 97-110
Περίληψη (στα Αγγλικά)
This article presents the curatorial context of a newly discovered fragment of Minoan faience, now in the Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery (BCMAG), and the technological study conducted on this piece at the British Museum. It also discusses the British Museum study of comparable fragments, now in the Ashmolean Museum, belonging to the Town Mosaic from Knossos, an important and unique find brought to light during Sir Arthur Evans’s excavations of the ‘Palace of Minos’ at the beginning of the twentieth century. Both the stylistic study and the analytical results suggest that the Bristol fragment is genuine, and most likely belonged to the Town Mosaic. The Bristol piece does not possess features that can advance our understanding of Crete in the Bronze Age, but its curious biography adds something to the history of collecting and the history of archaeology.