Pair of clay gold plated earrings [Μ 768]
Each earring consists of a clay gold plated disk, a crescent and suspended pendants. The disk bears a relied decoration representing the head of Athena. The crescent which is suspended by thin copper wire bears relief decoration as well. The amphora shaped pendants also suspend from the crescent by thin copper wires. This exhibit was found in a tomb in the city of Khania ; It was not worn in life, therefore was a product of the funerary industry. The use of this type of Jewelry consists a common burial practice (since the diseased had limited resources but still had to maintain a high social status in the next life) during the early Hellenistic period. The Pair of earrings was a burial offering and dated to the early Hellenistic Period (end of the 4th cent BC.).