NECKLACES WITH THEMES AND ARTIFACTS OF ANCIENT CULTURES:
A mid-sized necklace
featuring ancient bronze pieces: a Merovingian buckle with glass inlays (Frankish - 5th century a.d.), two Romano-British enameled bronze brooches (1st - 5th cent. a.d.) With ancient beads of bronze, carnelian, and glass.
The Merovingians were the ruling family of the Franks from the middle of the 5th century until 751 a.d., who united all the Franks and northern Gaulish Romans by 509 a.d.
*Design motifs inspired by Sutton Hoo.
The marble head
and faience “stars”
and beads, plus beads of stone and glass are all from the ancient mid-east – as is the repousse gold ornament.
The faceted beads of lapis lazuli and tourmaline are modern – and the 22k gold beads from India are also contemporary.
This would be termed a
“Star gazer” necklace with a Kilia marble head originally attached to a figure. Although the nose and ears of these sculptures were defined by carving, the eyes were enhanced by paint, as they are here. The Kilia culture flourished in Anatolia circa 2800 -2200 b.c.e.
Large collar with ancient
paste glass flask as centerpiece - it is of middle eastern origin circa 10th century c.e. and has a repetitive eye design. Also included are many ancient glass beads and small ancient gold ornaments. The modern 22k gold foil beads are from India.
Archeological evidence points to the invention of mosaic-glass beads in western Asia, which reappeared in Egypt and Syria only after the fourth century b.c.e.*
*The History of Beads by Lois Sherr Dubin
Collar with ancient Egyptian faience winged scarab (ca. 700 b.c.e.) and mummy beads - also rare ancient glass beads from the Bamyan Valley. Modern beads of turquoise and 22k gold. Tapestry patterns depict serekh and falcon, predynastic symbols of early pharaohs .
The Egyptian winged scarab represented rebirth and renewal, and it was believed that the sun was pushed across the sky every day by giant scarab, the god Khepri.*
A small collar with a Greek bronze horse, ca. 500 b.c.e., as its centerpiece and an ancient stone pendant. Also containing ancient glass beads, antique bronze and gilt bronze beads, and beads of sugilite and Italian coral,
The Greek Hippos Ambrotos translates to the Divine Horse.
Collar with ancient clay
Goddess of Mohenjo Daro
culture ( 2700 - 2500 b.c.e.),
ancient glass and clay beads,
modern onyx and 14k gold.
The majority of terra-cotta human figurines from the Indus Civilization are female. Despite some common stylistic attributes each one of the figurines is different. While some of the figurines probably represent ordinary and elite women, many may also represent local goddesses to whom people offered prayers.