The 'labrys' is the term for a double-headed axe, known in ancient Greece as a 'pelekys'. The labrys symbol was often found during the Bronze Age archaeological recovery at the Palace of Knossos on Crete. It is known to have a strong religious significance, for specific use by Minoan priestesses as a ceremonial item, perhaps during the sacrifice of animals such as bulls. Of all the Minoan religious symbols, the labrys was the holiest. To find such an axe in the hands of a Minoan woman would suggest that she held a powerful position within Minoan culture. Gold originals, upon which this piece is based, were found in a sanctuary in the cave of Arkalochori in Crete and date to before 1600 BC.
This labrys is cast for us, in Greece, using the traditional 'lost wax' method. As nothing is mass-produced, there will inevitably be slight variations in patination and colouring. Each piece is, therefore, unique. Also, please allow for variations of a millimetre or two from the specified height. It is mounted on a marble base.
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small bronze double-axe on a marble base
- Code: MM-18
- Status: In Stock
- excl tax: £58.33