Knossos: Pillar with Double Axe Marks

Department Archive
Collection BSA SPHS Image Collection
Reference No. BSA SPHS 01/0270.1494
Level Item
Description Glass negative, quarter plate size. A copy negative taken from a photograph pasted on the SPHS Index card. The S indicating a slide has been cropped on the left.
Dimensions 10.5 x 8 cm
Place Palace of Minos
Dates 1900
Donor/Creator Caton, Dr Richard C.
Scope and Content The original description in the SPHS register reads: "Cnossos: pillar with double axe marks".
Notes Although donated by Dr. Richard Caton ca. 1901-1904 along with a group of other images from the Argonaut Camera Club, taken on Hellenic Travellers Club cruises in Greece and Asia Minor, this image comes from a published source: Arthur J. Evans, 1899/1900. "Knossos. Summary Report of the Excavations in 1900: I. The Palace" BSA 6:3-70. Date is based on the publication of the image.
Further information Hellenic Travellers Club
The Hellenic Travellers Club consisted of school teachers and others interested in educational cruises to the Eastern Mediterranean. Initiated by Henry Lunn, the club was formalised in 1905, but grew out of experimental cruises called Argonaut Cruises (after the steam yacht) - first in 1901 and then in 1903 and 1904. Annual spring cruises began in 1905, continued until the First World War and resumed in 1924 before finally halting with advent of the Second World War

Many of the passengers from 1901 onward were keen photographers - initially referred to as the Argonaut Camera Club - and a number of their images were donated to the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies or made their way into private collections. The Hellenic Travellers Club produced annual proceedings which published many of the lectures given on board, illustrated with photographs from the tours. See: Harlan, D. 2018. "More than Armchair Travellers" ARGO 8: 19-21.
Reference 1900. BSA 6: 33, fig. 6. Link to article
1908 JHS 28: 4th accession to 1904 slide catalogue. lxxix.SPHS 1494. Link to article
1913 JHS 33: Catalogue of Slides. 25.SPHS 1494. Link to article
1913 JHS 33: Catalogue of Slides. 65.SPHS 1494. Link to article
1913 JHS 33: Slide Lists. 149.SPHS 1494. Link to article