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Reproduction of the "Phaistos Disk"

Emile Gilliéron père

Period:
Late Minoan I
Date:
ca. 1600–1450 B.C.
Culture:
Minoan
Medium:
painted plaster; cast
Dimensions:
Diam.: 6 11/16 in. (17 cm)
Credit Line:
Dodge Fund, 1911
Accession Number:
11.37.7
  • Description

    Found July, 1908 at Phaistos, Crete.

    Both sides of the clay disk are impressed with hieroglyphic signs arranged in a spiral from the periphery to the center. Since its discovery the meaning of the object and its text have been widely debated and remains a mystery. It has even been suggested recently that the original is a forgery made by one of the Gillierons. This reproduction was commissioned by the Metropolitan Museum from E. Gillieron, pere in 1910.

    The original is in the Herakleion Archaeological Museum, Crete.

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    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
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