Labrys is the term for a double-headed axe, known in ancient Greece as a pelekys.
This lovely pendant is rounded on one side, flat on the back.
The labrys was a recurrent motif in the art and jewellery of this ancient civilization and 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, especially associated with priestesses. To find a labrys in the hands of a Minoan woman indicated that she held a powerful position within this colourful, artistic and sophisticated culture, which flourished on Crete and on Santorini ca 2700-1500BC.
This jewellery collection 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.
Read more about the significance of the Labrys in Minoan Crete in Insights on our WordPress site.
|dimensions etc||Drop: 4.5cm Width: 3.3cm|
double-axe labrys pendant (medium)
- Code: JV-168
- Status: In Stock
- ex UK VAT: £37.50