Atkinson, Thomas [Mitarb.]
Excavations at Phylakopi in Melos — London, 1904

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origin. The subject is a wild duck Aying upwards through papyrus plants,
one wing being represented as raised and the other as lowered. The plant
with its fan-shaped top and short sepals is clearly copied from the traditional
Egyptian type (cf. the coloured specimens in the plates of Beni Hassan, vol. iv.).
The large size of the design and its Egyptiäb style suggest that it may have
been taken fröm a Mycenaean wall-pamting. The same subject occurs on one
of the inlaid sword-blades from Mycenae which has often been referred to as an
example of Egyptian influence (Schnchhardt, p. 266). Fig. 115 again is a frag-
ment of a similar scene, the head of a duck against a background of reeds.

Fig. 115.—Fragment from a Bath or other Large Yessel1 (2 ■. 3).

XXX. 9 «, fr, c are fragments of a vessel like Fig. 11.3, but of later style,
the design being entirely executed in lustrous brown. It is to be restored as a
row of carelessly drawn human figures Standing with outstretched arms amid
growing plants; the upper space is filled in by two rows of swastikas ; below
their feet runs a wavy border and below this again appears the top of aflower
with stigmas and stamens like those of section 12. Possibly it i^resents a
dance, though it is just as probable that the combination of the figures is
purely decorative. The drawing of the hands may be compared with the
rendering of the hair on XIII. 17. In the latter fragment the old geometric

1 Reddish elay with usual slij) ; the design
is painted in slightly lustrous, streaky bröwn.
The shadeel parte in the above drawing merely

indicate the plaees where the pigment is thin
und faint and do not represent a second pig-
loading ...