Much hilarity earlier in the week when Sally in the Collection Study Centre asked if I had any bee-related objects in the collection. We have some replicas of Myceanaean gold discs which appear to depict bees but I was reminded of a visit to the bee museum on the island of Rhodes a couple of years ago. Rhodes is one of the sunniest islands in the eastern Mediterranean and Rhodes honey is a popular product.
As part of their displays telling the story of bee-keeping on the island there are some replicas of ancient Greek archaeological material including the famous bee earring from Malia on Crete.
Perhaps the most eye-catching, or perhaps I should say eye-watering, exhibit is a replica of an ancient Greek pot now in the Museum at Basle showing men being attacked by a swarm of bees and being stung in rather painful places.
I sent copies of the images back to Sally but added a warning about ‘Contains Adult Content’. I think she’s going to use them in her presentation about bee-keeping as part of the Collections Bites programme which should raise a chuckle. I think Campbell’s visiting the museum in question so this may not be the last word from the Killer Bees.
The Rhodes bee-keeping museum is on the road to the airport and makes a good stopping off place when exploring the island by car.