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electrotype / dagger

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1908,1230.17

  • Description

    Electrotype replica of a bronze dagger from Bronze Age Mycenae known as the "Lion Hunt dagger". One side shows five men with shields and weapons attacking three lions. Two lions run away, but one is attacking the warriors. One warrior is under its foot.

    The other side shows a lion and five deer. The lion is mauling one of the deer, and the others run away.

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  • Producer name

  • Date

    • 1600BC-1500BC
    • 1900-1908 (replica)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 43.9 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    The original is in the National Archaeological Museum of Athens (NAM 394).


    This electrotype is one of a number of Bronze Age Aegean 'galvanoplastic' replicas produced by the Gilliérons at the start of the 20th century and manufactured by the Wurtemberg Electroplate Company. They appear in a number of catalogues, including:

    n.d. Galvanoplastische Nachbildungen Mykenischer und Kretischer (Minoischer) Altertümer von E. Gilliéron & fils./Galvanoplastic Copies of Mycenaean and Cretan (Minoan) Antiquities by E. Gilliéron & son.

    1913, Electrotype Reproductions of Cretan Treasures in the Candia Museum and Mycenaean Treasures in the Greek National Museum at Athens. London: D. Brucciani & Co.

    See also Lapatin, K. 2002. Mysteries of the Snake Goddess, pp. 136-139

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  • Location

    Not on display

  • Subjects

  • Associated places

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1908

  • Department

    Greek & Roman Antiquities

  • Registration number

    1908,1230.17

Electrotype replica of the Mycenae Lion Hunt Dagger, from Shaft Grave IV. One side shows five men with shields and weapons attacking three lions. Two lions run away, but one is attacking the warriors. One warrior is under its foot.    The other side shows a lion and five deer. The lion is mauling one of the deer, and the others run away.

Electrotype replica of the Mycenae Lion Hunt Dagger, from Shaft Grave IV. One side shows five men with shields and weapons attacking three lions. Two lions run away, but one is attacking the warriors. One warrior is under its foot. The other side shows a lion and five deer. The lion is mauling one of the deer, and the others run away.

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