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Serpentine mold for casting bead pendants

Period:
Late Minoan I–II
Date:
ca. 1600–1400 B.C.
Culture:
Minoan
Medium:
Serpentine
Dimensions:
Overall: 1 3/4 x 1 1/4 in. (4.5 x 3.1 cm)
Classification:
Miscellaneous-Stone
Credit Line:
Bequest of Richard B. Seager, 1926
Accession Number:
26.31.393
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 151
This piece is half of a bivalve mold. The two parts were attached by the three holes, visible at the top and bottom. The funnel-shaped cuttings along the straight edge are the sprues through which the liquid metal was poured into the mold.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 17, 169, pl. 9, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1979. Greek Art of the Aegean Islands. no. 45, p. 91, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Reinholdt, Claus. 1993. "Der Thyreatis-Hortfund in Berlin." Jahrbuch des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts, 108: p. 22, figs. 29-30.

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