Decorated gold ornament [Μ 490]
This gold ornament has a hemispherical body, concave in the inside, and consists of a very thin gold sheet. It belongs to the same group of ornaments as the exhibit M 489.
The front side of the ornament bears a central petalled rosette which is defined by clearly parallel lines on the periphery. Each rosette leaf bears concentric circles.
This type of rosette motif seems to be of Minoan origin but had a long development in Mycenaean art. This exhibit is dated to the Proto- Geometric period (9th century B.C.)