Greek. <em>Bee or Fly</em>, late 4th century B.C.E. Gold, 5/16 x 3/8 x 13/16 in. (0.8 x 0.9 x 2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas S. Brush, 71.79.11. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: , CUR.71.79.1-.180.jpg)

Bee or Fly


Medium: Gold

Dates:late 4th century B.C.E.

Dimensions: 5/16 x 3/8 x 13/16 in. (0.8 x 0.9 x 2 cm)


Accession Number: 71.79.11

Image: CUR.71.79.1-.180.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
Golden bee or golden fly. The dorsal side is formed in repousse; the ventral side is flat and without decoration. Both dorsal and ventral sides are made of separate sheets of gold, and are fastened to a gold wire. Attached to the ventral side are two eyelets (each is a gold tube). Condition: Left wing tip broken off; small dents.

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