Alphabet Challenge: J – Jewelry of the Ancients
2018 alphabet challenge
J – Jewelry from the ancient civilizations in Greece and on the island of Crete, and the Roman Empire
The items in this challenge entry sit at the intersection of art and archaeology.
The images included in the montage were cropped from pictures take in 2011 at the Heraklion Museum in Heraklion, Crete, and in 2018 in the Classic Court gallery of the Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio. The images from my 2011 trip were re-edited for the purposes of this composite creation. The black silk and the two metallic backgrounds employed, either for the individual pictures, the montage area, or the frame, were created in Filter Forge. If you're into such things, I encourage you to view the outer frame in higher than screen-filling resolution, to see its groovy (literally) details. Thanks, Filter Forge.
The oldest items shown are the strings of beads from Mochlos on Crete, which date from ~2500 BCE (pre-palatial period). The least old is the pair of earrings, ~200 CE, Roman.
Except for the oak leaf wreath (bottom row) and the fragment of the olive leaf wreath (top row), both from the TMA, each of the types of jewelry shown is still being worn today (earrings, bracelets, pins and pendants, necklaces), though they are less likely to be worn by men in modern times than they were several centuries BCE.
I want to say a few words about the urgings of some of you that I turn these alphabet challenge montages into a book once the challenge is finished. I’m flattered that you think my creations worthy of such an effort but putting them into a book is never going to happen. Here is why. Most museums and other venues that have art on display have photography policies to the effect that absent express permission to the contrary, photos are to be for personal use only and are not to be used for any commercial purpose. I take these policies very seriously. I am not inclined to seek the required permission that would make inclusion of most of these montages in a book legal. Even a book that only I possessed would have to be created by a publisher that profited from its creation. So, no book.
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