Fine Print: this necklace contains authentic Mycenaean arrow pendant, dated circa 1200 BC (over 3200 years old).
Mycenaean is the term applied to the art and culture of Greece from ca. 1600 to 1100 B.C. The name derives from the site of Mycenae in the Peloponnesos, where once stood a great Mycenaean fortified palace.
Odysseus was a legendary hero in Greek mythology, king of the island of Ithaca and the main protagonist of Homer’s epic, the Odyssey.
Odysseus seems to have spent some of the most defining moments of his childhood with Autolycus, who, in addition to passing on to him his craft, may have even given Odysseus his famous name. “Inasmuch as I am come hither as one that has been angered with many” – supposedly said Autolycus upon being asked to be the godfather, “therefore let the name by which the child is named be Odysseus.” By this etymology, Odysseus comes from odussesthai, “to be wrought against, to be at odds with someone, to hate.”
Odysseus pendant is made of bronze and was nicely and gently cleaned and restored by Elena Nahum Leroy. Considering the age of this arrowhead, some patina stayed there as it’s not removable without damaging the piece.
Odysseus necklace is nicely framed with fresh water pearls as a symbol of the sea, where he spent a lot of time during Trojan war, and carnelian, the first stone of the breastplate.
Bronze, copper, pearls, carnelian. Hand-made in BC, Canada