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Knossos, Mavrospelio. 1700-1600 BC

This elegant gold ring was a funerary offering accompanying a high-status burial in the Mavrospelio Cemetery near Knossos. This is a unique find, because it bears a spiral incised inscription in Linear A, a script that has not yet been deciphered. The arrangement of the inscription is comparable to that of the Phaistos Disc, as it is read from the outer edge towards the centre. Apart from the spiral pattern and the beautiful aesthetic result, the miniaturisation of the inscription is also striking, perhaps indicating that the ring was a magical object.
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