Bees, Malia


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The gold jewelry "Bees", which is a piece of a gold necklace that was found in the Necropolis of Malia, in Crete. The gold necklace dates back to 1800 B.C. It is a unique theme to decorate your house or office. The relief representation of the necklace is made of shiny copper and it is mounted in a wooden frame with glass.

Dimensions: 25 cm x 25 cm x 4,3 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.

1800 B.C.
with white wooden frame with glass
Dimensions (WxHxD):
25 cm x 25 cm x 4,3 cm
Gross Weight:
1200 gr
Gift packaging - Description Greek & English
935 gr

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