by Marie N. Pareja
Åström Förlag (November, 2017)
A wide variety of animals inhabit Minoan art. Each type fulfils a specific role. Monkeys and apes function very differently from other creatures: sometimes they participate in rituals, sometimes they imitate humans and sometimes they simply behave as natural animals. This study explores these diffrent roles. The discussion of their iconographyis set within the broader context of Egyptian and Near Eastern art and involves consideration of the use of 'pattern books' or standardised images in Minoan wall paintings, figurines and glyptic. The analyses inform broader themes in Minoan art, religion, and cult practice. In addition, a substantial appendix sureys the range and nature of other terrestrial, aquatic, and mythical creatures.