a wonderful encoded hybrid - the Great Goddess as Creatrix as the primordial Date Palm whose fronds are formed of the stalks and umbels of papyrus and whose crown reveals the spiral palmette symbol that was associated with the date-palm as an Asherah and as a Tree of Life in the iconography of the eastern Mediterranean  .....   this image was found in a female burial in Mycenae


Ιωνας Θεόδωρος .:. 

the significance of the golden brooch-pin and the imagery of the papyrus in Minoan art are explored in depth in the following well-illustrated article :
The Fresco of the Garlands from Knossos   by P.M. Warren

( free PDF download from the wonderful Persée portal in France )

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