These lovely, simple stud earrings are decorated on both sides with the intricate design of the Phaistos Disc.
The original disc was made of fired clay and found at the Minoan palace of Phaistos on Crete, dating to the middle or late Minoan Bronze Age. It is about 15 cm in diameter and covered on both sides with a spiral of stamped symbols. Its purpose and meaning, and even its original geographical place of manufacture, remain disputed, making it one of the most famous mysteries of archaeology. Many attempts have been made to decipher the code behind the disc's signs.
Historically, almost anything has been proposed, including prayers, a narrative or an adventure story, a "psalterion", a call to arms, a board game, and a geometric theorem. The original is in the Archaeological Museum, Herakleion, Crete.
There are 241 pictograms on the disc (which is different on both sides), comprising 45 symbols including 'Man, Woman, Child, Bow, Arrow, Shield, Dove' - mostly representations of easily identified everyday things. Scholars have noticed resemblances to Egyptian hieroglyphs.
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|dimensions etc||Diameter of disc: 1.6cm Each earstud weighs 1gram|
Phaistos Disc earstuds
- Code: JM-88E
- Status: In Stock
- excl tax: £141.67