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Pin Shank

A work made of bronze.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of bronze.

Date:

Geometric Period (800–600 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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Ancient and Byzantine Art

Culture

Ancient Greek

Title

Pin Shank

Origin

Thessaly

Date

800 BCE–600 BCE

Medium

Bronze

Dimensions

11.4 × 0.9 × 0.6 cm (4 1/2 × 3/8 × 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Alexander

Reference Number

2008.581.2

Extended information about this artwork

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