Sunday, 2 January 2022

The Pylos Combat Agate

Archaeologists excavating an ancient grave at Pylos in southwestern Greece in 2016 found a seal stone, a gemstone engraved with a design that can be stamped on clay or wax. The seal stone’s image is a striking depiction of one warrior in battle with two others. It is carved in fine detail. The seal stone’s owner, known as the Griffin Warrior, was buried around 1450 B.C. He lived at a time when the Minoan civilization of Crete was being transferred to cities of the Greek mainland. The sealstone is one of the finest works of prehistoric Greek art ever discovered. The tomb also revealed more than 3,000 objects arrayed on and around the warrior’s body.
Grave goods included four solid gold rings, silver cups, precious stone beads, fine-toothed ivory combs and an intricate sword, among other weapons.
See ----->Grave of ‘Griffin Warrior’ at Pylos