Disc of Phaistos Silver Pendant

Crete
Solid Silver 999°
29.90
FA 001428
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Phaistos disc silver pendant is a handmade jewel of high aesthetic. The disc is one of the most famous mysteries of archeology. It is a unique archaeological find from the city of Phaistos in Southern Crete. The Phaistos Disc is depicted on the obverse of the pendant and the reverse bears a Minotaur design, inspired by the silver stater of Knossos, dated from 425 B.C. All the ancient art and heritage of Greece, now in your hands.

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The Phaistos Disc is a disk of fired clay from the Minoan palace of Phaistos on eastern Crete, possibly dating to the 17th century B.C. Italian archaeologist Luigi Pernier recovered this remarkably intact "dish", on 3 July 1908 during his excavation of the first Minoan palace. The disk is made of clay, and it measures about 16 cm in diameter and uniformly slightly more than two centimetre in thickness.On its two sides, there are 45 unique signs, that depict human forms, fish, birds and plants.

It is covered on both sides with a spiral of stamped symbols and features 241 tokens, 122 symbols on the front side and 119 on the other side, which were apparently made by pressing hieroglyphic "seals" into a disc of soft clay, in a clockwise sequence spiraling toward the disc's center. The Phaistos Disc is generally accepted as authentic by archaeologists. Many attempts have been made to decipher the code behind the disc's signs. While it is not clear that it is a script, most attempted decipherments assume that it is most additionally assume a syllabary, others an alphabet or logography. 

The Phaistos Disc is on display at the archaeological museum of Heraklion, in Crete.

Area:
Crete
Date:
17th century B.C.
Details:
with black satin cord
Dimensions (WxHxD):
2,5 cm
Gross Weight:
21 gr
Includes:
Gift packaging - Description Greek & English
Material:
Solid Silver 999°
Subcategory:
Pendant
Weight:
7 gr

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