Large bronze fibula of the so-called Attic-Boeotian type, with incised decoration depicting scenes of single combat from the Idaean Cave, Crete. 700-675 B.C.
On one side, the mythical hero Herakles, of more than mortal size, overcomes his opponents, the evil Siamese-twin Molionids or Aktorionids. This is one of the most ancient scenes in mythology. On the other side, two archers fight on a shore line, indicated by the presence of a warship in a sea with three fish. Pins of this type were manufactured mainly in Boeotia during the 8th and in the early 7th cent. B.C. Mythological subjects or scenes from the world of masculine activity usually decorate the plates. These pins were often offered at sanctuaries and as a grave gift.