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Aigina Treasure pendant
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The Aigina Treasure Is one of the most important groups of jewellery to have survived from the Greek Bronze Age (around 3200-1100 BC). It was found somewhere on the Greek island of Aigina, but it is now thought to have been made by Minoan Cretan workshops. Minoan colonists are known to have lived on Aigina and it is possible that the treasure came from one or more of their tombs.

This pendant represents a Cretan god standing in a field of lotuses, each hand holding a goose by the neck. Behind him curve stylized bull’s horns, a common motif in Minoan religious iconography. This pose, known as that of the “Master (or Mistress) of the Animals”, is intended to show that as the deity subdues the wild animals, so they have control over nature. It’s unusual to see a male Minoan god in this pose, as it is more commonly depicted with a female central figure.

Aigina Treasure pendant


Minoan, found on Aigina, Greece, 1850-1550 BC.
Ht 6 cm.



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