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The death mask of Agamemnon from Grave Circle A

Front view of the death mask of Agamemnon from Grave Circle A
Made from solid gold, this death mask is named after the mythological king of Mycenae known as Agamemnon. In the Homerian epics, he led the Greek force in the Trojan War. The Mycenaeans were incredibly wealthy and militant, earning their stead by serving as excellent mercenaries (sell-swords) and controlling strategic trade routes. However, they were not very gifted in the arts. They frequently imported goods from the Minoans in Crete, but funerary masks were made locally. Which would explain the lack of refinement when compared to Minoan art.
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