Located in the building Xeste III in Akrotiri, Thera, this fresco depicts women gathering crocus flowers for saffron. Saffron was and still is a highly coveted spice, yet its cultivation is grueling work. Thus, cultivating it became a major ritual relegated to Minoan women. The youngest woman in this fresco seems to have a shaved head, or wear a tightly bound headdress with hair poking out from the back and the front. This may indicate a special rite. On a neighboring wall
, the gatherers offer saffron to the Great Mother goddess.