Ornamental spiral friezes have a long history in Mycenaean art. The “great S-spiral frieze” fresco adapted for this scarf, with alternating up-and-down spirals and fan- shaped papyrus lotus blossoms, became the favored ornate band frieze used to decorate most of the Mycenaean palaces. The original (Late Helladic III period, ca. 1400–1200 B.C.) was excavated in 1884 and comes from the great Tiryns palace in the Peloponnese. A painted copy of the frieze in the Museum’s collection, made about 1911–12 by artist Emile Gilliéron (Swiss, 1850–1924), is the source for our scarf design.
Silk crêpe de chine. Imported. 64'' x 18''.