Athens: Theseus Ring shown for the first time to the public
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Athens: Theseus Ring shown for the first time to the public

The National Archaeological Museum presents for the first time selected antiquities from the noumerous objects that lie under the open rooms for the public and were not exposed again to the public until today.

This new action, the Unseen Museum, offers the opportunity of viewing unknown masterpieces, which will emerge every two months from storage for display in the Hall of the Altar. The first exhibit of the museum is the Theseus ring, a Mycenaean signet ring, which was accidentally found in the soils of  the Acropolis in the 1950s and is presented to the public for the first time in Athens.

The ring is gold and measures 2.7 x 1.8 cm. On the ring is a depiction of a bull-leaping scene, which includes a lion to the left and what may be a tree on the right. It dates to the Minoan period of Greece and comes from the area of Anafiotika in the Plaka, the ancient city center of Athens.

Meanwhile, the National Archaeological Museum and the Society of Friends will present the calendar of 2015, illustrated with rare photographs from the archives of the Museum and enriched with summary texts on the history and valuable collections.