The permanent exhibition of the Heraklion Archaeological Museum
Jewel in the shape of a duck
This tiny jewel in the shape of a duck illustrates the high quality of Minoan goldwork at its peak in the Neopalatial period. It is made of gold sheet in two pieces, the head and body, which were stuck together. Despite the simplicity of the overall shape, the duck is rendered with plasticity and in a naturalistic manner. The beak and eyes are incised, and the feathers conveyed by lines of minute granulation. A hole in the belly indicates that the object was threaded as part of a piece of jewelry, like other similar small gold animal-like ornaments.
Late Bronze Age, 1450-1400 π.Χ.
Place of discovery:
length: 0,026 m
Hellenic Ministry of Culture
Ελληνική Τέχνη, Η αυγή της ελληνικής τέχνης, Αθήνα, 1994, αρ. 67 193, 324