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Lapatin, Kenneth.
Mysteries of the Snake Goddess. Art, Desire and the Forgery of History.

Boston Houghton Mifflin: 2002.

"Not only is one of the most famous pieces of ancient Greek art-the celebrated gold and ivory statuette of the Minoan Snake Goddess at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston-almost certainly a modern fake, but Minoan civilization as it has been popularly imagined is largely an invention of the early 20th century. This is Kenneth Lapatin's conclusion in this investigation into the origins of the celebrated artifact. Lapatin's book also examines the world of archaeologists, adventurers, and artisans that converged in Crete at the turn of the 20th century".

Hardcover. 5.75"x8.5", 274 pages, b/w illustrations, dj. New. Published for $24.00

Inventory #: 95083
Price: $ 15.00      



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