February 13, 2009 - July 5, 2009
Field Museum in Chicago
Bust of a King
Whether worn as a symbol of status or to ward off evil spirits, jewelry has played an important role in ancient cultures and customs since the earliest times. Masterpieces of Ancient Jewelry chronicles the emergence of great civilizations, portraying the economic and artistic interchanges among them.
Discover the crosscurrents of the Ancient Middle East through these exquisite jeweled objects, including never before seen artifacts from the ancient site of Kish uncovered by Field Museum archeologists. Travel back through 5,000 years of human history as you discover the delicate beauty, intricate details and the elaborate labor behind these magnificent pieces, soon to be on display at The Field Museum.
Gold pendant with pair of birds
Greater Iran, 11th to 12th century C.E.
The Garden of Eden plays an important part in Islamic jewelry, with birds being the central theme. Here we see a pair of birds touching at their beaks and chests as they stand on their tiny feet in the middle of this pendant.
Masterpieces of Ancient Jewelry: Exquisite Objects from the Cradle of Civilization is organized by the National Jewelry Institute.
Support generously provided by Feitler Family Fund and Ptah Sekhmet; PaxVobiscum Inc.
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