Biconical Bead

A work made of bronze.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of bronze.

Date:

Geometric Period (800–600 BC)

Artist:

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

Ancient and Byzantine Art, Gallery 151

Artist

Ancient Greek

Title

Biconical Bead

Origin

Greece

Date

800 BC–600 BC

Medium

Bronze

Dimensions

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

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Alexander

Reference Number

2008.563

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