Next to the murals of the Aegean a whole series of sites with wall paintings of the second Millennium B.C. in Anatolia, Western Asia and Egypt are of relevance for an examination and comparison of the above described material of Tell el Dab’a, Hattusha and Qatna. Either they can be consulted as an iconographic or architectonic parallel or they can be used to show possible divergences. Among them are well known and highly important sites as for example Mari at the Euphrates, Tell el-
At Tell Atchana, ancient Alalakh, excavations during the years 1936-
Their dates are highly controversial: depending on the used chronology the wall paintings from Middle Bronze Age level VII palace belonging to the second half of the 17th century B.C. respectively to the early 16th century B.C., whereas the Late Bronze Age paintings of level IV can be assigned to the 15th century B.C., roughly contemporaneous with the late Tuthmoside Period in Egypt (2).
The wall paintings of the level VII palace include painted dados simulating the appearance of basalt orthostates, a sequence of bands and a bucranion, possibly a landscape with a griffin and depictions of reeds (3). The murals of house 39/A show the representation of constructional features borrowed from the local architecture (4).
For more detailed information on the site of Tell Atchana/Alalakh, please see the following link.
In the Middle Bronze Age palace of Tel Kabri a painted lime plaster floor and an Aegean-
The painted floor was found in Hall 611, a square room of 10 x 10 m, which served as the centre of the western wing of the palace. The layout of this painting -
Under threshold 698 between Room 607 and Hall 611 about 2000 very small fragments of a miniature wall painting had been found, which have subsequently been studied by Barbara and Wolf-
In 2008 and 2009 the excavations of the palace of Tel Kabri yielded about 100 additional fragments originating from Area D-
For more detailed information on the site of Tel Kabri, please see the following link.
(1) Cf. Woolley 1955, esp. 228–234.
(2) Cf. Bietak 2007, 269–276. esp. 270f.
(3) Cf. Niemeier – Niemeier 2000, 780–789.
(4) Cf. Woolley 1955, 231f.
(5) Cf. Cline, Yasur-
(6) Cf. Niemeier and Niemeier 2002, 255-
(7) Cf. Niemeier and Niemeier 2002, 266-
(8) Cf. Cline, Yasur-
(9) Cline, Yasur-
(10) Cline, Yasur-