A large amount of plaster fragments found during the excavations of the palatial complex at 'Ezbet Helmi/Tell el-
Plaster fragments which show floral motifs and elements of landscape were found in different areas of the excavation at 'Ezbet Helmi/Tell el-
The biggest part of the so far inventoried material originates from area H/I and belongs therefore to the smaller ‘Palace F’. About 130 pieces show floral motifs whereas on about 50 fragments elements of landscape are depicted. On the basis of technical observations up to now additionally about 50 mostly monochrome pieces belonging to the background of the scenery could be assigned to this group. Since the registration of H/I is still in progress more pieces belonging to the background can be expected, whereas in areas H/IV and H/V none of the fragments was decorated in this manner.
Because a large part of the wall plaster fragments of the surrounding of ‘Palace G’, found in areas H/II, H/III and H/VI, still needs to be restored, a final statistic of the related pieces remains to be done. Up to now only one piece from area H/II has been attributed to this category of material, but 25 fragments from area H/III and further fragments in the not yet restored material were already identified. The same holds true for the material found in area H/VI of which five pieces are inventoried to date.
Different types of plants were depicted on the walls of ‘Palace F’. In most cases the background is either red or ochre-
For a final statement it is yet too early, but it seems as if the floral motifs depicted on the walls of ‘Palace G’ differ from the ones of ‘Palace F’. At least one blue papyrus with a row of white dots on the top edge of the umbel, so far unknown from ‘Palace F’, has been recognised (6). The representation of a plant with oblong oval blue leaves and thin red leafstalks is also missing in the material from the smaller ‘Palace F’.
Regarding the elements of landscape one of the most striking links between the Tell el-
The current work on the landscape paintings is still focusing on the identification of all relevant fragments. Especially monochrome fragments belonging to the background still have to be identified on the basis of technical observations. A bigger part of the major fragments were already described and enhanced with the computer. As a further step tentative reconstructions will be composed with the help of digital drawings. In doing so, the small-
(1) See for example: Bietak 1994, 45f. pl. 14A; Bietak 1996, pl. VIIA–B; Marinatos 1998, 86f. fig. 13–14.
(2) For example the ‘Monkeys and Birds Frieze’ from the ‘House of the Frescoes’ at Knossos (MM IIIB–LM IA), cf. Cameron 1968 . For landscape paintings in the Aegean, cf. Chapin 2004; Schmitz-
(3) The same identification has also been proposed by M. Bietak, cf. Bietak 1996, pl. VIIA. Myrtle could be identified on various wall paintings of the Aegean as for example the so-
(4) Ivy is depicted on Aegean landscape paintings for example on the so-
(5) On some fragments the blue and greenish-
(6) Papyrus was depicted on various Aegean wall paintings. See for example the 'Nilotic Landscape’ from the 'West House' at Akrotiri – Thera, cf. Doumas 1992, 48. 64–67 fig. 30–34; the 'Monkeys and Birds Frieze’ from the ‘House of the Frescoes’ at Knossos (MM IIIB–LM IA), cf. Morgan 2005, pl. 5.2.
(7) Cf. Marinatos 1998, 86f. fig. 14.
(8) The pebble motif can be found on various landscape paintings for example on the ‘Partridge and Hoopoe Frieze’ from the so-
(9) This convention was used as ground lines for figures and plants or as the rendition of rocky terrain on different Aegean wall paintings. For example on the ‘Papyrus Fresco’ from the 'House of the Ladies' at Akrotiri – Thera (LM IA), cf. Doumas 1992, 33–37. fig. 2–5.
(10) See on this website the 'Hunt-