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STEATITE INSCRIBED BALL, reign of Piankhy (Piye), 3.2 centimeters, Napatan Period. Photographs © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston: Harvard University­—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition.

Gold and the Gods

 

Jewels of Ancient Nubia


 

Ancient Nubian artisans created some of the most spectacular jewelry made in antiquity.

 

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, has one of the most comprehensive collections of jewelry in the world. With nearly twenty thousand objects, its holdings include adornments from six continents and range in date from ancient to modern times. Amassed over the past one hundred forty years, the ornaments were acquired through gifts, bequests and purchases, as well as excavations conducted by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition in the early decades of the twentieth century. Beginning July 19, the Museum opened a stunning exhibition of excavated Nubian adornments in the Rita J. and Stanley H. Kaplan Family Foundation Gallery, a space dedicated to the display of jewelry.The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, has one of the most comprehensive collections of jewelry in the world. With nearly twenty thousand objects, its holdings include adornments from six continents and range in date from ancient to modern times. Amassed over the past one hundred forty years, the ornaments were acquired through gifts, bequests and purchases, as well as excavations conducted by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition in the early decades of the twentieth century. Beginning July 19, the Museum opened a stunning exhibition of excavated Nubian adornments in the Rita J. and Stanley H. Kaplan Family Foundation Gallery, a space dedicated to the display of jewelry.

The Harvard–Boston Expedition team was active in Sudan during the years 1907 to 1932. There, thousands of years ago, ancient Nubian artisans created some of the most spectacular jewelry made in antiquity. As was customary at the time, half of the ornaments discovered were ... (More)


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SENTINEL CAMEO BROOCH/PENDANT by Lisa and Scott Cylinder, of bronze, brass, sterling silver, vinyl flooring, epoxy resin, hematite, patina and paint, fabricated, etched and carved; 6.99 x 5.08 x 1.27 centimeters, 2014.

Signs of Life

 


Jewelry Arts

 


Karen Lorene leans toward me with a conspiratorial smile and passes over an eighteen-line poem printed on a sheet of loose paper.

When I have read it through, Lorene, owner of Facèré Jewelry Art Gallery in Seattle, pulls out an image of the necklace that inspired the poem. It is a choker that looks startlingly like a centipede, but made of bronze and big enough to fit around a woman’s neck. It could be an amulet to ward off evil spirits, or a reminder to unfaithful fiancés that treachery can turn even the most dulcet one-time-lover into a monstrous avenger.

“Isn’t that just great? I always find that the writers and the jewelry pieces are extremely well matched,” says Lorene, thrilled that once again her matchmaking between writers and carefully selected pieces of jewelry has resulted in poems, essays and short stories that are small literary treasures... (More)


Our upcoming issue 37.4 contains

 

Nubian Jewelry

Kate Mensah

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