Sunday, September 26, 2021

The first of the missing Second Millennium BCE paintings

The Lion Gate at Mycenae
©2021 Charlene Brown

In a blog post a couple of weeks ago, I mentioned I only had one painting of an archaeological site from the second millennium BCE, and that I was going to start painting the other three highlighted entries in the timeline for that millennium. 

The Lion Gate was the entrance to the Citadel at Mycenae in Southern Greece. It was built in about 1350 BCE and featured a relief sculpture of lionesses, symbolic of Mycenean royalty and the goddess Hera.  The now-missing heads may have been of composite beasts, possibly sphinxes.