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Our guide to the creation of this aeshetic key-ring, is an oval singet/seal, decorated with a hieroglyphic design from Phaistos in Crete. It is a finding of the Pre-palatial Minoan Civilization, dating to 2200-2000 B.C. The signet is made of silver-plated bronze and is attached with a black leather cord on the ring.
Dimensions of signet: 2 cm x 4 cm x 3 mm
Dimensions of key-ring: 2 cm x 10 cm x 3 mm
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The signets / seals, were usually very small stones of various shapes with relief decoration or symbols and letters which served in the sealing of transported goods. Some kinds of seals were often worn as ornaments. They appeared from the Early Minoan period and were probably a form of protection against theft.
Seals were usually made of stone, while some were made of ivory and precious metals. The material of the seals and thedecoration they bore indicated the wealth and status of their owner and served as a signature. Minoans specialized in seal carving and they created a great variety of decorative motifs and ideograms, followingartistic trends of each of the Minoan periods were created.