Nimatallah/Art Resource, NY

NOT YOUR EVERYDAY FASHION. At Knossos, Evans discovered this serpent goddess (or priestess) with her flounced skirt, apron and open bodice, an example of Minoan ritual dress. In each hand she holds a snake, possibly a religious symbol. Since only paintings and statuary were discovered at the site, but no descriptive writing, nothing more definite can be said about the woman in this striking representation.