April 12, 2010

Ancient GREEK & ROMAN Jewelry at MET Musem

Going on with the MET jewelry, now I'm showing you pieces from the greek and roman collection.
Continuando con la joyería en el MET, ahora les muestro fotos de piezas griegas y romanas.



The greeks made beautiful pieces with the applied filigree technique. They had the conception of architectonic jewelry; despite being very small, pieces were usually composed of many parts and joints, like these earrings showing small gods sculptures.
Los griegos realizaron hermosos ejemplares de filigrana aplicada. Tenían una concepción de la joya arquitectónica, aunque fuera pequeñita se componía de muchas partes y articulaciones, como estos aretes que tienen pequeñas esculturitas de dioses.



Alexander the Great's conquests to other cultures heavily influenced greek jewelry design, in snake bracelets and rings you can easily notice oriental influence.
Las grandes conquistas de Alejandro Magno a otras culturas, influyeron mucho en el diseño de la joyería como podemos ver en los brazaletes y anillos de víbora, con una clara influencia oriental.



Can you imagine the opulent parties with people wearing this superb bracelets or drinking in these fancy cups?
Te puedes imaginar los opulentos festines con gente portando estos soberbios brazaletes o bebiendo en estas extravagantes copas? 



Now onto romans: their distinctive style included the use of the Heracles Knot as their main motif, the development of the "Opus Interrasile" technique (openwork achieved by piercing a metal sheet with a chisel), the use of garnets, and Cameos!
Características importantes de la joyería romana son el uso del Nudo de Heracles como motivo princial de la joya, el desarrollo de la técnica de calado "Opus Interrasile" realizada por medio de punzones, el uso de granates, y su gran aporte: Los Camafeos!



Many of the Cameos were created with banded agates, carving in different layers and different levels resulting in stunning light and shadow effects, like one with a Bacchic Group carved in Sardonix.
Muchos de los camafeos fueron realizados en piedras de bandas como las ágatas, desvastando a distintos niveles las capas lograron impresionantes efectos de luces y sombras, como en este Camafeo tallado en piedra sardónice.

 
Stay tuned! soon I'll post pictures of the exquisite Etruscan jewelry.
Sigan atentos! porque en el próximo post pondré fotos de la esquisita joyería de los Etruscos.

2 comments:

  1. Tus trabajos son preciosos!!
    SAludos,
    Marce

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  2. You know, your last post inspire me to go to our local museum (nothing close to the MAT but still... an art museum). I thought that it is really great to take some photos for inspiration.
    But alas! they didn't let me photo!!!
    I think it is such a shame that some museum find it harmful. And I'm not talking about antiques or anything that the camera flash might harm (and I'm not filming with flash of course), I'm talking about modern art!!
    It really disappoint me.
    Anyways, enjoy looking at your photos instead :)
    Thanks for sharing those!!

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