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greek-museums:

National Archaeological Museum/ Archaeological Site of Mycenae:

Mycenaean textile ornaments from the “Tomb of the Women”. These gold leaf decorations were sewn on precious textiles. The motifs include a scene of lions hunting, griffins, octopi, deers, moths, leopards, moths or butterflies, temple with birds, mythological or worship scenes, hounds, wolves, and geometrical shapes.

greek-museums

greek-museums:

Archaeological Museum of Ancient Nemea:

Some mycenaean jewellery, two signet rings, necklaces and beads with granulation, and gold leaf ornaments from textiles (15th century B.C).

Some of these belong to the “Treasure of Aidonia” (or if you want to be poetic “treasure of the nightingales”), which was smuggled out of Greece during the 70’s, as the product of illegal excavations at the mycenaean cemetery of Aidonia. They were discovered in 1993 at an auction at the Ward Gallery of New York. The artifacts were finally retrieved by the efforts of the Ministry of Culture, in 1996.