Journal article

ADORNMENT, RITUAL AND IDENTITY: INSCRIBED MINOAN JEWELLERY

Josephine Verduci, Brent Davis

ANNUAL OF THE BRITISH SCHOOL AT ATHENS | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2015

Abstract

In this paper, we re-examine inscribed items of Minoan jewellery in the light of the increasing number of studies on ancient eastern Mediterranean jewellery and its meanings. We reach a fourfold conclusion. First: as these objects, with one exception, are clearly associated with adult females, while the exception (a ring) cannot be affiliated with a particular gender or age, inscribed Minoan jewellery seems so far to lie mostly outside the purview of men. Second: these objects were almost certainly used to construct and broadcast the elite identity (and perhaps authority) of the people who wore them. Third: the objects may also have served as apotropaic amulets and/or symbols of rites of pas..

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