Bee Pendant – Minoan Crete
Athens 2004 Olympic Games Pin
The Bee Pendant was discovered in the Necropolis of the Minoan Palace of Malia on the island of Crete, and is thought to date to c.1800 BC. The site of the ancient cemetery is named Chryssolakkos, or “pit of gold”, because of the many precious objects that were found there. The scale of the palace and the plethora of treasures found in this adjoining burial ground, certainly suggest that those buried here were significantly wealthy and of high standing in the local community.
The Bee Pendant it self is made from gold and comprises two bees, their bodies curved towards each other and their wings outstretched, clasping a honeycomb into which they are placing a small drop of honey. The piece is striking not only because of its unusual composition and intricate rendering, but also because of the significance of its subject-matter.
The pin depicts the “Bee Pendant” of the Minoan Crete
Product: Olympic Pin
Pin code: #03-009-005
Official Licensed Product
Licensed Manufacturer: Efsimon Collection