Sterling Silver Pendant w/ Rubber Cord - Double Minoan Axe (40mm)
This oxidized* sterling silver pendant features a double minoan axe, the primary symbol of the Minoans, one of the older civilizations. It includes an 18" rubber cord.
*Oxidized silver is produced naturally when oxygen reacts with silver. Precious sterling silver reacts to oxygen very easily, and and will have a darker appearance. Oxidized sterling silver jewelry has a nice contrast and vintage feel as the finish lacks shine and sparkle.
Sterling Silver (925 Stamp), Oxidized
Made in Greece
Pendant hoop size approx. 40mm (1.57 in) x 28mm (1.1 in)
(Photos are not actual size)
Of all the Minoan (ancient Cretan civilization) religious symbols, the axe was the holiest. Stylized double axes consecrated shrines in ancient Cretan homes and palaces. Full sized double axes were used by priests to kill sacrificial bulls in ceremonies to propitiate Zeus. In Greek mythology, the Minotaur (linked to the cult of the bull and the double axe in the primitive tribes of Crete) is a monstrous double, sometimes with the head of a bull and the body of a man or, conversely, with the body of a bull and the head of a man.