Wall – paintings with pictorial motifs have survived from Old Palace Crete (MM IB, MM II, MM IIA), though in very fragmentary form. Coloured wall plaster, however, and floor plaster which was occasionally coloured and of good quality were commonly used both in palaces and in houses and other structures. Examples come from the first palace at Phaistos, and from houses at the harbour installations at Martsalos in south Crete and Galinoi in north Crete.
The following fragments of wall – paintings, dating from around 1700 BC, come from certain parts of the first palace at Knossos: a) the saffron – gatherer monkey from the area of the Great Crypts (a prison, according to Evans) in the north sector of the palace. This is the earliest pictorial wall – painting from Crete. b) Fragments of a miniature depiction of an architecture facade with columns bearing double axes, a piece with a bull’s head, and one with a crowd of people; these possibly all come from a bull – leaping or hunting scene. They were found in a recess in the floor of the 13th West Repository, which was filled in to create the floor of the new palace.
Dr Andonis Vasilakis