A Time of Gifts 2019

This elegant oval pendant depicts the bull's head so venerated by the ancient Minoans.

Decorated on one side only, the bull's head stands in high relief with a simple beadwork adornment to his brow and between his horns.

The worship of the bull was widespread in the ancient world as it symbolised power, strength and virility. It played a particularly prominent role in ancient Cretan culture, where images of it appear on many of the frescoes and pottery. Surviving Minoan frescoes and ceramics depict bull-leaping rituals, in which participants of both sexes vaulted over bulls by grasping their horns. Please see our 'Minoan fresco tiles' for examples of these!

The 'sacred' bull survives today in the constellation Taurus.

This pendant comes to us from one of the foremost and most well-established silver jewellery manufacturers in Greece. We are proud to have been working with them for over a decade.

The collection is inspired by ancient Greek silver and gold coins, the art and jewellery of the Minoan civilisation, familiar symbolic motifs and images, and the animals that played a significant part in ancient Greek culture.

dimensions Drop: 2.8cm Height not including fitting: 2.2cm Width: 1.8cm

Minoan bull head pendant

  • Code: JV-080
  • Status: In Stock
  • £40.00

  • excl tax: £33.33