Bees of Malia, Crete

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The well known goldden jewelry of the Bees, is a piece of art. A gold necklace that was found in the Necropolis of Malia, in Crete. This find of minoan art dates back to 1800 B.C. It is placed in a frame to decorate your house or office. This relief representation of the necklace is made of shiny copper gold-plated in 24 carats and it is mounted in a wooden frame with glass.

Dimensions: 27 cm x 27 cm x 4,5 cm

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The honeybees pendant was discovered in the Chrysolakkos Necropolis of the Minoan Palace of Malia on the island of Crete, and dates back to the Bronze Age, to the Protopalatial Period (1800 - 1700 BC). The bees of Malia are considered one of the most definitive archaeological findings of jewelry from the Minoan civilization.

The pendant is made from gold and depicts two bees, their bodies curved towards each other and their wings outstretched, clasping a honeycomb into which they are placing a small drop of honey. Gold discs hang from their wings, while an openwork sphere and suspension ring stand atop their heads. In the cultures of the Aegean, the bee was believed to be a sacred insect. Often, the bee appears in tomb decoration. It is believed that, honey was used in rituals and bees were associated with Demeter and Artemis.

The Bees of Malia is one of the most famous exhibits displayed in the Herakleion Archaeological Museum, in the island of Crete in Greece.

Area:
Crete
Date:
1800 B.C.
Details:
with black wodden frame with glass
Dimensions (WxHxD):
27 cm x 27cm x4,5 cm
Gross Weight:
1719 gr
Includes:
Gift packaging - Description Greek & English
Material:
Gold-plated 24K Copper
Subcategory:
Frame
Weight:
1040 gr

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