Mycenaean Collection Analysis

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After exploring the vast expanse of rooms and collections inside the British Museum, the Mycenaean Collection is the collection of artifacts that truly intrigues me. Located in Room 12 and 12b in the British Museum, the Mycenaean Collection provides an amazing insight into the Greek Bronze Age, The Heroic Age, and Greek Mythology legends, especially the epics written by Homer. The collection features many artifacts of red and black painted pottery, bronzes from the Geometric Period, bronze figurines, and numerous artifacts that depict the Bronze age and how the Mycenaean people used Greek Mythology to decorate many objects and create incredible works of art that are still intact today. The Mycenaean Age approximately took place from the years …show more content…
Homer had also stated that the Mycenaean Age had followed the Minoan Civilization after the Mycenaean’s had taken advantage of the weak Minoan society and conquered the Minoans by capturing Troy. After attaining Troy, the Minoan and Mycenaean culture and art combined and countless artifacts such as sculptures and pottery found in Crete have both elements of Minoan and Mycenaean art conventions. The vast power and wealth of the Mycenaean’s is most evident when viewing their palaces, which contained endless artifacts of weapons, jewelry, and other objects made of gold, bronze, lapis lazuli, and other precious stones. Excavations conducted in Peloponnese in Southern Greece revealed the remains of a Mycenaean palace. excavations of elaborate pottery, figurines, mosaics, and sculptures revealed that the Mycenaean Civilization had a class system in place, and of course the most elaborate and valuable artifacts belonged to the higher classes, members of the royal court, and the King …show more content…
According to Archeologists, Mycenae was the most significant of the archaeological projects of Greece because it is believed that Mycenae was the largest of all the Mycenaean Age cities. Notably, the Mycenaean Age was named after the city of Mycenae. Prior to Heinrich Schliemann’s excavations of Troy, the Mycenaean’s as well as Troy were a lost civilization. Many archeologists started to find significance and interest in the Greek Bronze Age when Heinrich Schliemann began to conduct excavations in the 1870’s in the search for Troy, heroes of the Trojan War, and Agamemnon’s palace. Once Schliemann began to excavate artifacts that matched Homer’s description of the opulent artifacts of Agamemnon’s palace (Agamemnon was the king of Mycenae of the time during the Trojan War). This is when many archaeologists understood that excavating this area could result in discovering the lost city of Troy, Agamemnon’s Palace, or Greek Bronze Age cities. This meant that if archaeologists excavated in these locations around the islands of Greece, they could possibly locate artifacts that give an insight on the lifestyle, culture, and values of the people of the Greek Bronze Age, one of Europe’s first civilized societies, and the

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