Karpathia Brooch


This gorgeous pin features the iconic spiral motif that was so influential in ancient Minoan and Mycenaean art. Believed to represent waves, the theme is found on vase paintings and wall paintings throughout the Aegean Bronze Age, such as the Dolphin Fresco from the Palace at Knossos on Crete (c. 1500 BC). Our brooch is based on an ancient jewel dating to the sixth century BC.

"Karpathia" was mentioned in the Mycenaean Linear B clay tablets known as the Sphagianes Land Tablets, dating c. 1300 BC. Sphagianes was located within the district of Pylos, in the Peloponessus. Mycenaean women could be independent, and could own land. According to the tablets, Karpathia "the key-bearer" owned two plots of land.

Pin Details

Overall height: 3.2 cm (1.3 in)

Available Precious Metals and Prices

925 Sterling Silver: $125

18 Karat Gold Over Sterling Silver: $195

14 Karat Gold: $545

18 Karat Gold: $735

Gold and Silver Type