Evans, Arthur J.
The Palace of Minos: a comparative account of the successive stages of the early Cretan civilization as illustred by the discoveries at Knossos (Band 4,1): Emergence of outer western enceinte, with new illustrations, artistic and religious, of the Middle Minoan Phase — London, 1935

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28 EMERGENCE OF CHRYSELEPHANTINE IMAGE

Unfitted columnar Shrine was set up. In view of the agility displayed by her in the
orsports. hUnting fjgj^ anci apparent delight in high swinging, it might well indeed be
thought by her worshippers that, in some diviner sphere, she had herself
supplied an example of superhuman prowess as a taureador. It is clear, how-
ever, that the flounced attirewhich the Minoan artists had somehow reconciled
with her other activities, was wholly incompatible with acrobatic feats.

New
chrysele-
phantine
image of
Goddess
in garb
resem-
bling tau-
readors.

Emergence of Chryselephantine Image of Goddess in Garb
resembling Taureador's.

A remarkable chryselephantine image that has now seen the light
(Figs.14,15, and Frontispiece, Coloured Plate XXVII) seems to show that
in this case, at least, her cumbrous robes were discarded and that the Goddess
herself was very nearly assimilated to the guise, ceremonially assumed, of
the girl taureadors who performed in her honour travestied as youths.

This figure may be regarded as representing" the third Epiphany of
members of a divine group standing certainly in the closest relation to those
of the ' Ivory Deposit' in the 'Domestic Quarter' of the Knossian Palace.
The ' Boston Goddess' in her original fragmentary state was actually seen
at Candia some twelve years after the discovery referred to. The ivory
boy-God that it was possible to illustrate in the last Volume of this work,
was 'released' at Paris after about an equal interval of time. The third
figure has made its appearance only quite recently in a still more distant
trans-Atlantic site. It is now—as the result of the well-known enterprise
of its Director, Mr. C. T. Currelly—in the Toronto Museum, and it is owing
to his kindness and liberality that it has been possible for me to give a full
account of it in this place.1 All that its recent guardians had been able
to ascertain about the image was that it had made its way from Crete, where
it had been in private possession for a considerable number of years.

This, though still not the last of these emergent forms,2 is certainly the
most surprising. It presents the greater part of a female figure of which,
however, the legs from the knees downwards and the right arm, except the
hand, are wanting (Figs. 14, a, l>, and 15). The extreme height of the part
preserved was 17-8 centimetres or about 7 inches. From the photographic
record of the remains as originally found, reproduced in Suppl. PI. XLIII,
it will be seen that, with the above exceptions, both the ivory core of the
image and the gold plating with which it was so richly overlaid were
remarkably well preserved, though the ' Minoan sheath' had become

1 For a preliminary notice by me, see " For another chryselephantine figure 01 a
Illustrated London Nezvs, July 25, 1931. boy-God, see below, Section 104.
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