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The Gold Crowns of Silla
Article by Mark Cartwright

The Gold Crowns of Silla

The Silla Kingdom ruled south-eastern Korea during the Three Kingdoms period (1st century BCE - 7th century CE) and then, as the Unified Silla Kingdom, all of Korea from 668 to 935 CE. The Silla produced fine pieces of art, but their most...
The Egyptian Amulet: Pious Symbols of Spiritual Life
Article by Paul Joseph De Mola

The Egyptian Amulet: Pious Symbols of Spiritual Life

Material Objects & Cultures Material objects convey volumes about the people who possessed them. Cultures and societies in every generation are in part classified - either correctly or incorrectly - by the objects or symbols they...
A Gift from King Shulgi: A Pair of Gold Earrings
Article by Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin

A Gift from King Shulgi: A Pair of Gold Earrings

Gold is a treasure, and he who possesses it does all he wishes to in this world, and succeeds in helping souls into paradise. Christopher Columbus.   On June 22, 2005, the Sulaymaniyah Museum of Iraqi Kurdistan purchased a...
Parure of Jewellery from the Carthage Treasure
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Parure of Jewellery from the Carthage Treasure

Matching sets of jewellery (parures) are rare finds from the Late Roman Period. This set of a necklace and earrings combines rock emeralds, sapphires, and pearls threaded on gold wire. Approximately 50 years after this jewellery was made...
Collection of Ptolemaic Jewellery
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Collection of Ptolemaic Jewellery

This opulent collection of Ptolemaic jewellery from Egypt probably belonged to a wealthy woman and was made between 225–175 BCE. The various pieces were made out of gold and are inlaid with a variety of precious stones. The collection...
Mycenaean Gold Jewellery Pieces
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Mycenaean Gold Jewellery Pieces

Strings of gold beads in the form of rosettes, papyrus and lillies from Mycenae area (14th century BCE). Nafplio Archaeological Museum.
Gold Coin Pendant of Constantine
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Gold Coin Pendant of Constantine

This object is associated with a late Roman emperor, who was at the heart of the changing Roman Empire. This gold pendant is set with a coin of Constantine the Great. The pendant is made in a pierced metalwork technique popular in fine jewellery...
Body Chain Detail, Hoxne Hoard
Image by Mike Peel

Body Chain Detail, Hoxne Hoard

A detail of the central jewelled gold body chain of the Hoxne Hoard. The central stone is amethyst and surrounded by garnets. The empty settings once probably held pearls which have since decayed. Discovered in Suffolk, in the east of...
Gold Bangle, Hoxne Hoard
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Gold Bangle, Hoxne Hoard

A gold bangle of the Hoxne Hoard. The inscription reads VTERE FELIX DOMINA IVLIANE ("Use [this] happily lady Juliane"), which obviously indicates the name of the owner Juliane. Discovered in Suffolk, in the east of England in 1992 CE...
Byzantine Gold Body Chain
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Byzantine Gold Body Chain

This body chains of linked medallions is the largest item of jewellery to survive from the Byzantine Empire. It would have been worn draped over the shoulders and around the hips. In Greek and Roman art, body chains were often associated...