Jewel, the Bees of Malia

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The "Bee pendant". Ca. 1700 BC. From Chrysolakkos of Malia. Golden jewel in the form of two bees or wasps which are depicted storing away a drop of honey in a comb. This is one of the most famous Minoan artefacts. The technique of minute granulation, which allows fine details to be depicted, and the naturalistic style still compel admiration today. A masterpiece of the Protopalatial Minoan jewelry.

Visible in the Archaeological Museum, in Heraklion.

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Janina_Bieleńko on January 25, 2010

Fantastic detail.

Joli Harsányi on January 25, 2010

Thanks for the visit and kind comment Janina!

It's Gold Bee Pendant - artifact from Minoan Crete. Protopalatial Period, 4.6 cm high.

Visible in the Archaeological Museum, in Heraklion.

Greetings, Joli

Szilas Erika on February 25, 2011

Nagyon szép éles felvétel, különleges darab. Örültem a "példának", üdv: Erika

Joli Harsányi on February 26, 2011

A két méhecskét ábrázoló ékszer Kréta minoszi korszakából származik, a maliai palotaegyüttes feltárásakor találták, ezért vált maliai méhek néven ismertté. Örülök, hogy megmutathattam! Üdv.! Joli

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