The Palace of Nestor at Pylos in Western Messenia: Volume II (The Frescoes)
1969·Princeton, New Jersey
by Lang, Mabel L.
Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press for The University of Cincinnati, 1969. First. Hardcover. VG/VG, clean, crisp, bright and tight but with former owner's name in ink on ffep. DJ has one small spot on front cover but is not price-clipped.. Brown cloth, black title block with gilt letters on spine. Cream dj with black lettering. xii + 256 pp. of text, plus 144 bw plates and 18 color plates. The entire three-volume set issued as a result of annual expeditions conducted by the University of Cincinnati from 1952-1964, unearthing Homer's Nestor palace "on the summit of the hill called Englianos, in the region north of the Bay of Navarino [in Greece]. From ruins that had lain buried for more than 3,000 years, a great complex of structures has emerged and fragments of tablets bearing the name Pylos. This book ... is devoted to a single aspect of the finds. From thousands of fragments of plaster, Mabel Lang has assembled clues to the scheme of the wall painting in this royal palace destroyed by fire at the end of the 13th century B.C. ... The chronology of the frescoes, the subject matter, the techniques employed, their relationship with fresco decoration elsewhere -- all these have important ramifications for the study of Minoan-Mycenaean painting." (dj).
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