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Masterpieces of Ancient Jewelry: Exquisite Objects from the Cradle of Civilization
At The Field Museum. Through April 28, 2009.

A dazzling array of necklaces, earrings and precious amulets spanning 7,000 explores designs and materials dating back to the very dawn of civilization. Over 100 articles from important archaeological sites in the Middle East are a revealing glimpse into the decorative arts and trade patterns of their time. Gold work and carvings in semiprecious stone from Mesopotamia, faience necklaces from ancient Egypt, prized carnelian from the Levant, gold lions from Persia, and sophisticated pieces from the 15th and 16th century Islamic world show the remarkable skill of ancient jewelers and the motifs of greatest interest to their patrons. Small, but with much to see, this well-annotated exhibit includes details on the goldsmithing, trading networks and styles of the extraordinary heritage on view. Jewelry represents one of most accessible ways to begin to understand these ancient cultures, whose love of adornment so directly reflects our own. A full-color catalogue accompanies. At The Field Museum through July 5, 2009.

Image: Lion's head bracteates, Persia.

--Katherine R. Lieber

Katherine R. Lieber has edited ArtScope.net's Visual Arts reviews since 1998. Ms. Lieber is Editor and Associate Producer for ArtScope.net.

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