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Biconical Bead

A work made of bronze.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of bronze.


Geometric Period (800–600 BCE)


Greek; Thessaly

About this artwork

These precious bronzes objects are votives, or devotional gifts, made for gods. They come in many forms. Some are miniature sculptures of animals, mostly depicting horses, deer, and birds. Others are items of personal adornment, including beads and brooches. Quite a few seem once to have been attached to something else. This assemblage is characteristic of the thousands of votives that were hung from sacred trees or placed in sanctuaries around Greece. Once a shrine was full, the votives were gathered together and ceremonially buried to make room for more offerings. This comes from Thessaly in north-eastern Greece.


On View, Gallery 152


Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium


Ancient Greek


Biconical Bead


Greece (Object made in)

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800 BCE–600 BCE




3.6 × 5.1 × 3.6 cm (1 3/8 × 2 × 1 3/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Alexander

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