Indian Peacocks / Lillies in Knossos, Crete

The peacock is a bird of INDIAN origin.

Are peacocks found only in India? There are two familiar peacock species. The blue peacock lives in India and Sri Lanka, while the green peacock is found in Java and Myanmar (Burma). A more distinct and little-known species, the Congo peacock, inhabits African rain forests. … A male peafowl is one of the largest flying birds.

From the Minoan palace of Knossos, Crete

The Minoan wall painting of the Prince of Lilies (dated 1600-1500 BC.) features his diadem decorated with lilies and adorned with peacock feathers.

“Prince of lilies” or “Priest-king Relief”, plaster relief at the end of the Corridor of Processions, restored by Gilliéron,

This head dress is similar to Mycenaean sphinxes.

I only have seen 1 culture where peacock feathers in a crown and that is INDIA mainly of Krishna’s or Shiva’s head.

Notice also the Iris (fleur-de-lis / lilly) crown on the Minoan Prince and the Mycenaean pillar with sphinxes topped with fluer-de-lis symbol.

The symbol of the fleur-de-lis, a symbol of divinity and resurrection

Why did a Minoan prince wear peacock feathers like the Indians?


Quote: The Lilies Fresco from Akrotiri on the Aegean island of Thera, modern-day Santorini (also known as the Spring Fresco). From Room 2 of Building Delta, c. 17th century BCE. Lilies or papyrus are depicted growing from colourful volcanic rocks and swallows fly between the flowers. (National Archaeological Museum, Athens) Source:


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