Phaistos Disc

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Replica | Diameter 15 cm

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Phaistos Disc

The original of the presented disc appeared around 1650 BC and was found in 1908 in Minoan Palace of Phaistos. The writing on the disc consists of 45 hieroglyphs, which should be read in the clockwise direction. Original: Archeologic Museum Heraklion, Kreta. Diameter 15 cm.

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An art work that is cut in from a stone or wooden surface, not modeled in the round.

According to the degree of projection one can distinguish between low-relief or bas-relief and high relief. The sunk relief is a common form of reliefs in Ancient Egypt, where the depicted scenes were cut into the stone or wood surface.

Among the most famous reliefs are the works of the Florentine master Lorenzo Ghiberti. He created, among others, the bronze doors of the Florence Baptistery, called by Michelangelo the "Gates of Paradise".