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King Priam Treasures from Moscow Pushkin Museum 
25th-Aug-2012 12:38 pm
Per se, it's not a Greek Art, but I couldn't resist posting these iconic pieces after seeing them with my own eyes.

The first image below is so called "big diadem from treasure cashe A". It has been made famous when Schliman, after discovering the treasure, photographed his wife Sophie wearing this diadem. I can tell you, seeing this diadem up close, the workmanship is unbelievable. Though timewise, it couldn't have belonged to Helen as was initially presumed by Schliman, I am sure she would be thrilled to wear such a diadem.

Big gold diadem from king Priam treasure

Next one is "Small diadem from treasure cashe A". Both diadems dated back to 2400 - 2200 BC.

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Both diadems are very famous but I wanted to share with you some other items. Below is gold vessel (souceboat is the name from the exhibition) with two handles of unknown purpose. It is speculated that the vessel could have played some role in ritual ceremonies.

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Next one is pin with flatenned cylindric head from treasure cashe O. The date wasn't specified but it is considered younger  than the items in cashe A because of the use of parallel design and enamel (the artifacts from Mycenae were taken as reference). The lower part of the pin was attached in the wrong position on the opposite side of the disc when the item was still in Berlin.

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I have a few more items to post but it most probably will happen only September when I return home. In the meantime, please enjoy!

25th-Aug-2012 08:35 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for these - they are incredible! Hope to see more and in the meantime, enjoy your holiday!
26th-Aug-2012 06:39 am (UTC)
Thanks, I am glad you enjoyed. The pieces are so beautiful!
26th-Aug-2012 09:46 am (UTC)
Thank you for sharing. The museum you had the chance to visit is not accessible to all, what with its location and today's economy.

The finds are really amazing. Of course the diadems are famous as the photograph that Schliemann took with his wife Sophia Eggastromenou wearing one of them.

Schliemman wanted to marry a young Greek woman who should be able to quote Iliad by heart... He found her. He was 49 years old; she was only 17. They had, if I remember correctly, 8 children!

Here is the link to a photo of ther diadem:


Lengthy, I know!

The vessel was unknown to me and its shape is rare.

I am looking forward to seeing the rest of the photos!
3rd-Sep-2012 10:05 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the link! I have to warn you that LJ started to treat all the links to other websites as suspicious and doesn't post the comments with links openly.

Happy belated birthday! I wish you all the best and may gods grant you the ability to see all the beautiful pieces of Greek Art with your own eyes! :)

I will post other pieces later in September.
7th-Sep-2012 04:30 pm (UTC)
Thanks for your wish about the birthday but I am afraid I must explain that it is not mine but my son's whose adress I use to communicate. He however thanks you a lot. It's a happy time for him as he has finished university lately.

I hope you have a wonderful time in your journey. Be sure to post more photos as I want to see them!
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