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

Sz.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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