Friday, March 11, 2005

Katsambas Ivory Cup - Katsaba - Kairatos - Knossos - Crete - Astronomical Interpretation - LexiLine Journal 336

To the Ancient World Blog I have added a posting on the Katsambas Ivory Cup showing my interpretation of its astronomical imagery.

The photograph is decribed as being an ivory cup from a necropolis near Katsambas (Katsaba, in antiquity Kairatos, the ancient port of Knossos on Crete).

I think that it supports the interpretation of the Knossos "Bull and Gymnast Fresco" by William Glyn-Jones with the bull marking Taurus, and the gymnast representing Perseus. Here, however, the man with the spear more likely marks Orion, as also found at the tomb of Senenmut (sometimes written Senmut) in Egypt ca. 1470 BC. The bird above in the graphic marks Horus, as on the Zodiac of Denderah, Egypt (now found in the Louvre). There is also a bird found in the same position on the similar Minoan cylinder seal referred to by Glyn-Jones in the previous posting.

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