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The permanent exhibition of the Heraklion Archaeological Museum

The golden jewel with bees
Bee pendant

This famous pendant, one of the finest and best-known examples of Minoan art, represents two bees or wasps storing away a drop of honey in a comb. The composition is centered round the circular drop, which is shown schematically as a disc with granulated decoration. The two insects face one another, their legs touching the drop, their bodies and wings finely detailed with minute granulation. Gold discs hang from their wings, while an openwork sphere and suspension ring stand atop their heads. This masterpiece of Minoan jewelry, brilliantly conceived and naturalistically rendered, illustrates the fine craftsmanship of the Protopalatial period.

Exhibit Features
Date: Middle Bronze Age, about π. 1700 BC
Place of discovery: Malia, Chrysolakkos
Dimensions: width: 0,046 m
Material: Gold
Inventory number: ΑΕ 559
Exhibition hole: Hall VII
Copyright: Hellenic Ministry of Culture
  Suggestive Bibliography
Βασιλάκης Α., Αρχαιολογικό Μουσείο Ηρακλείου, Αθήνα, χ.χ., 127-128
Ελληνική Τέχνη, Η αυγή της ελληνικής τέχνης, Αθήνα, 1994, αρ. 65 192, 323
Σακελλαράκης Ι.Α., Μουσείο Ηρακλείου, Αθήνα, 2003, 70-71
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