Andreas Hanöffner and Lucie Siftar
In front of the entrance ramp of ‘Palace F’ several fragments of painted plaster with various motifs were recovered. Most prominent among them was a coherent group of associated fragments yielding a ‘maze pattern’. Certain technical aspects of the recovered fragments suggest that they were not part of a wall decoration, but of a floor painting. In the face of this exceptional observation the finds deserve closer examination, so far they have only been partially studied and published as a preliminary reconstruction (1). A detailed examination of this material promises a number of new insights, both iconographical, due to the outstanding visual complexity of the motif, and technical, due to its unique workmanship. Both lines of inquiry raise several questions in terms of the applied chaîne opératoire, some aspects of which have been summarily discussed in a recent M.A. thesis by Irina Huller (2).
Nonetheless, a detailed study of this process, which focuses on the arrangement of the fragments as a spacious floor-
(1) Cf. Bietak, Marinatos & Palyvou 2007, 42f.
(2) Cf. I. Huller, Fresken in Tell el-
(3) Cf. Shaw 2012.