Bees of Malia, Gold-plated 24K

Minoan art 1800 B.C.

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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 mounted on an acrylic base, to decorate your house or your office. This relief representation of the necklace is handmade of shiny copper gold-plated in 24 carats solution.

Dimensions: 12 cm x 14 cm x 2,5cm

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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 acrylic base
Dimensions (WxHxD):
12 cm x 14 cm x 2.5 cm
Gross Weight:
150 gr
Gift packaging - Description Greek & English
Gold-plated 24K Copper
83 gr

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