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.
- Ancient Greek
- Biconical Bead
- 800 BC–600 BC
- 3.7 × 5.9 × 3.7 cm (1 1/2 × 2 3/8 × 1 1/2 in.)
- Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Alexander