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The permanent exhibition of the Heraklion Archaeological Museum

View of the golden jewel in duck shape
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.

Exhibit Features
Date: Late Bronze Age, 1450-1400 π.Χ.
Place of discovery: Knosos, Palace
Dimensions: length: 0,026 m
Material: Gold
Inventory number: ΑΕ 123
Exhibition hole: Hall VII
Copyright: Hellenic Ministry of Culture
  Suggestive Bibliography
Ελληνική Τέχνη, Η αυγή της ελληνικής τέχνης, Αθήνα, 1994, αρ. 67 193, 324
Σακελλαράκης Ι.Α., Μουσείο Ηρακλείου, Αθήνα, 2003, 71
  See also
Palace of Knossos