Malia_Bee_pendant, Heraklion, Crete, greece
3300BC-1200BC-Bronze Age Europe Greece

Malia Bee Pendant – An artistic gem of Minoan civilization

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April 2, 2021
TypeAncient Artefact
Dating1800 BC – 1700 BC
Other NamesMalia Pendant
DimensionsHeight 4.6 cm / Width 4.9 cm
Where is displayedHeraklion Archeological Museum, Crete, Greece, Europe

Malia Bee Pendant

The Malia Bee Pendant was found in Chryssolakkos (ancient necropolis of Malia). Chryssolakkos is called “pit of gold” because in this place many precious objects were found.

The pendant shows, in a very detailed maner, two bees in a mirror image carrying a drop of honey.

In the creation process of this jewellery was used a difficult process of granulation. During this process, tiny beads of gold were glued to the surface of the jewellery. After, the heat was used to fuse together all the components.

The belief that this piece of jewelry represents bees makes the pedant to be called Bee Pendant. The bee was believed to be a sacred insect that connected the real world with the underworld.

Source: Wikipedia

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