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Goldmask of Agamemnon

Goldmask of Agamemnon
The Mask of Agamemnon is an artifact discovered at Mycenae in 1876 by Heinrich Schliemann. The mask is a gold funeral mask, and was found over the face of a body located in a burial shaft (grave V). Schliemann believed that he had discovered the body of the legendary Greek leader Agamemnon, and from this the mask gets its name. However, modern archaeological research suggests that the mask is from 1550-1500 B.C.E, which is earlier than the traditional life of Agamemnon. In spite of this, the name remains.

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 Demetrius Chryssikos
Demetrius Chryssikos club
Mycenaean funerary gold mask. Found in Tomb V in Royal circle A at the Acropolis of Mycenae. Unearthed during excavations at Mycenae in 1876 by Heinrich Schliemann who believed it to belong to the Homeric hero Agamemnon.
Later dating however placed the mask to 1580-1550 BCE, about three hundred years earlier than the time of Agamemnon.
The name stuck though, and many refer to it still as the “Mask of Agamemnon”.
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