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Ancient Greek Silver Pendant Amulet depicting Minoan Labrys, circa 350-250 Bc.

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Seller: eternalinvestments (2,341) 100%, Location: Eltham, London, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 263841432671 For sale is Ancient Greek Silver Pendant Amulet depicting Minoan Labrysdouble A✖E Head circa 350-250 Bc. Professionally cleaned. Labrys (Greek: λάβρυς, lábrus) is, according to Plutarch (Quaestiones Graecae 2.302a) the Lydian word for the double-bitted axe called in Greek a πέλεκυς (pélekus). This is all that is known with certainty about the word; everything else is conjecture. On this dubious base, many elaborate theories have been posited linking it to the double axe of the Minoans and other societies. In the context of the Classical Greek myth of Theseus, the labyrinth of Greek mythology is frequently associated with the Minoan palace of Knossos. This is based on the unlikely reading of Linear B da-pu2-ri-to-jo-po-ti-ni-ja as λαβυρίνθοιο πότνια ("mistress of the labyrinth").[f][citation needed] Even if that is the correct reading, there is no evidence to suggest that this referred to Knossos itself, as is often asserted. It could equally be a smaller sanctuary, or else an entirely separate location.[g][citation needed] Ignoring all the difficulties in assuming that labyrinth can be interpreted as "place of the double axes" there is moreover no reason to think this should be Knossos; many more have been found, for example, at the Arkalachori Cave, where the famous Arkalochori Axe was found. Ultimately, only a fragile chain of conjecture can link Theseus to the word labrys.[citation needed] On Greek coins of the classical period (e.g. Pixodauros, etc.) a type of Zeus venerated at Labraunda in Caria that numismatists call Zeus Labrandeus (Ζεὺς Λαβρανδεύς) stands with a tall lotus-tipped sceptre upright in his left hand and the double-headed axe over his right shoulder. Condition: Very good for its age. The loop is intact. See photo For Condition Size: About 25 mm. Just as seen on the photos.Weight: 1.1 of Solid Ancient Silver. Material: Solid Ancient Silver. Professionally cleaned. Guaranteed genuine, as all of the items in our Store. Postage is combined on items - £1 additional fees for extra item/cont orders. We accept Paypal, UK Postal order, UK Banker's draft, and UK Personal cheque. Please have a look at what else we are offering. Thank you. Condition: Very good. MUSEUM QUALITY. The loop is intact. Professionally cleaned., Colour: Multi-Coloured, Provenance: Ownership History Available, Material: Silver, Type: Amulets

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