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Biconical Bead with Bird

A work made of bronze.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of bronze.

Date:

Geometric Period (800–700 BCE)

Artist:

Greek; Thessaly

About this artwork

This precious bronze object is a votive, or devotional gift, made as an offering to the gods. They come in many forms, such as animals, beads and brooches. Many seem once to have been attached to something else. Votives were hung from sacred trees or placed in sanctuaries around Greece. Once a shrine was full, the votives were ceremonially buried to make room for more offerings.

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Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium

Culture

Ancient Greek

Title

Biconical Bead with Bird

Origin

Greece

Date

800 BCE–700 BCE

Medium

Bronze

Dimensions

4.3 × 3.3 × 1.1 cm (1 11/16 × 1 1/4 × 3/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Alexander

Reference Number

2008.594

Extended information about this artwork

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