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Metallurgy: The technique or science of working or heating metals so as to give them a desired shape or property. 



 [Mycenaean dagger blades from Shaft Grave IV Grave Circle A, Mycenae,Greece.c. 1600-1700 BCE. Bronze inlaid with gold, silver and black neillo, length about 9" long. National Archaeological Museum Athens. photo credit: Netschoolbook]



Dagger Blades

     -inlaid gold, silver, and black neillo into bronze

     -imply the war like nature of these people.

     -mainly cerimonial blades

     -1600- 1500 B.C

     -9" long



These dagger blades are significant in discussing Mycenaean metallurgy because they provide examples of the style employed by mycenaean artists as well as showing how the primary use for their metalworking techniques was to make weapons and armor for combat. The style of weaponry normally employed would be much less elaborate, however it would be crafted with the same techniques with which these blades were crafted. This also speaks to the Mycenaeans skills in refining bronze, however it also shows that they did not use iron yet.  




[Funerary Mask, from Grave Circle A. Mycenae, Greece. D rumored to be Agamemnon's, beaten gold, about 12" high, 1600-1500 BCE. National Archeological Museum, Athens. photocredit: Oklahoma University]




The Funerary Mask

     -beaten gold mask

     -1st attempt of Greeks to create a model of the human face at the life size scale

     -1600-1500 B.C.

     -12" high








This mask shows the sheer artistic skill of the Mycenaean artists, and the amount of gold used suggests bustling trade routes with Egypt. It also shows Egyptian influence, the mask resembles the ones that were placed on the sarcophagi of Egyptian kings. It suggests a certain reverence for the dead as well. It also appears to have been made using a mold. 



 [Vaphio Cup (one of a pair), 1500 B.C.E. Gold with repousse decoration (pounded gold), about 3 1/2" high. National Archeological Museum, photo credit: University of Illnois at Urbana-Champaign]



Vaphio Cup

     -gold cup


     -picture of a captured bull

          -landscape motifs

               -rocks, trees, cloud


     -shows the technical experience of the metal workers

     -made with two plates

          -one was pounded gold to make the outside

          -the second was worked smooth for the inside


The Vaphio cup demonstrates the Cretean influence on Mycenaean metallurgy. The picture of the captured bull as well as the strong similarities between this and other Cretean pieces shows that the civilizations were in contact and perhaps were trading partners. The gold also again shows the trading routes with Egypt and the Middle East.






  1. Kliener, Fred S., and Richard G. Tansey. Gardner’s Art through the Ages. Fort Worth: Harcourt Brace College Publishers, 1996.
  2. Pomeroy, John. “Mycenaean Art.” 18 Nov. 2008.





Comments (11)

Cris Salazar said

at 10:43 am on Dec 2, 2008

Hey Jade how is the project going?

Jade Ross said

at 10:44 am on Dec 2, 2008

Its okay

Jade Ross said

at 10:45 am on Dec 2, 2008

this is not a conversation link!!!

Cris Salazar said

at 10:46 am on Dec 2, 2008

Yes it is fool

Cris Salazar said

at 8:20 pm on Dec 2, 2008

your welcome

Thomas Sweeney said

at 6:06 pm on Dec 3, 2008

guys i need the information for the mycenaean dagger blades from the txtbooks, do you want me to try to do in class? Or do either of you have information? I need the book we were using in class. Not all of them were found in grave circle A as well. good luck if you get on later

Thomas Sweeney said

at 7:18 pm on Dec 3, 2008

Please edit mine and if you have information post

Thomas Sweeney said

at 7:20 pm on Dec 3, 2008

i will not be on after this
i will check in the morning and post more comments so check in morning we also need to work on before school so if you can get there a little sooner that would be nice
good luck and work hard

Malcolm Rollyns Harvin-Conner said

at 9:57 am on Dec 11, 2008


miles lane said

at 8:44 am on Dec 17, 2008


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