So this is my version of an ancient Greek warrior woman from the late Helladic period (ca. 1500 BC). This would make her an adherent of Mycenaean Culture. These Bronze Age people are known for their impressive fortresses and palaces – for example at Tyrins, Athens, Pylos or Mycenae itself. They ruled modern day Greece from the 17th to the 11th Century BC and were organized in city states ruled by kings with the title “wanax”. Exactly why this culture suddenly vanished is not entirely clear.
The armor she is wearing is a version of the famous Dendra Amor:
Complete with a traditional Mycenaean Boar's tusk helmet. The armor is made from sturdy bronze plates and reaches from the neck down to the knees. Therefore soldiers armed like this were practically immobile. They most likely stood on chariots that were driven close to the enemies lines. Protected from arrows they would then throw spears from short distance and retreat again.
You get it so right with the face, it does look like the fair Mycenaean ladies, which reminds of me of the ancient Hellenic beauty! The choice for the culture is certainly interesting, because I'm still not sure as to what caused their "disappearance"...could it be that it related to the "Sea People" moving into Levant area?
Thank you! I am very happy with the way it turned out - good to have so many paintings from that time!
To be honest I have always favored the mycenean era over classical greek for its awesome culture. Yes, the disapperance might had something to do with natural disasters or the "dorian invasion".
Love the drawing! You caught the ancient style quite well.
That sounds quite impressive, it would be interesting to know wether similar experiments have been done before with mycenean armor... if not that sound like a job for me then