Jewels of Ancient Nubia

This book features over 100 adornments and personal accessories from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, which houses the finest collection of Nubian jewelry outside Khartoum.

Author: Yvonne J. Markowitz

Publisher: Museum of Fine Arts Boston

ISBN: 9780878468072

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 184

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Located at the intersection of trade routes from central Africa, the ancient Near East and the Classical world, ancient Nubia ruled the entire Nile Valley at the height of its power in the eighth century B.C. Its neighbor and frequent rival Egypt called it "the gold lands" because its territories held such an abundance of the precious metal, and because its inhabitants produced some of the most finely crafted jewelry of the ancient world. This book features over 100 adornments and personal accessories from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, which houses the finest collection of Nubian jewelry outside Khartoum. The first comprehensive introduction to the sophisticated jewels of this great empire, it reveals how Nubian artisans employed techniques that would not be reinvented in Europe for another two thousand years, and how the original owners valued such possessions not only for their inherent beauty, but also because they were imbued with magical meanings. Exquisite photography and an authoritative history written by leading experts make this book essential for both jewelry aficionados and anyone interested in the great cultures of the ancient world.

Nubian Gold

Many of the adornments made in Nubia are masterpieces of the jeweler's art--marvels of design and construction rivaling, and often surpassing, adornments made in Egypt and the rest of the ancient Mediterranean world.

Author: Peter Lacovara


ISBN: 9789774167829

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 224

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The fabled land of Nubia, whose very name means 'gold, ' was famous in ancient times for its supplies of precious metal, exotic material, and intricate craftsmanship. Many of the adornments made in Nubia are masterpieces of the jeweler's art--marvels of design and construction rivaling, and often surpassing, adornments made in Egypt and the rest of the ancient Mediterranean world. Although these unique treasures are among the most stunning to have survived from antiquity, they remain little known. Richly illustrated with beautiful photographs of these exquisite items, many of them never before published, Nubian Gold also places the jewelry within the cultural contexts in which it was manufactured and employed. It tells the story not only of the treasures themselves but of the exciting tales of their discovery and the rich background of the exotic and remote civilizations that produced them. The book also explores the innovative techniques used to procure the precious materials used in the jewelry and to craft them into intricate ornaments replete with magical purpose and coded meaning. Featured in the book are not only the intricately crafted pieces themselves but depictions of them in sculpture, relief, and painting as well as references to them in ancient texts, locating them within the full spectrum of Nubian history, from the earliest beginnings of society to the advent of Christianity.

Looking at Jewelry

Ancient Egyptian Jewelry. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1997. Borel, Frances, and
Colette Ghysels. Splendor of Ethnic Jewelry: From the Colette and Jean Pierre
Ghysels Collection. New York: Harry N. ... Jewels of Ancient Nubia. Boston: MFA

Author: Susanne Gänsicke

Publisher: Getty Publications

ISBN: 1606066102

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 132

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What is a cabochon? What are the various types of gilding? What is vermeil? This accessible book—the first of its kind—offers concise explanations of key jewelry terms. The fascination with personal adornment is universal. It is a preoccupation that is primal, instinctive, and uniquely human. Jewelry encompasses a seemingly endless number of ornaments produced across time and in all cultures. The range of materials and techniques used in its construction is extraordinary, even revolutionary, with new substances and methods of fabrication added with every generation. In any given society, master artisans have devoted their time, energy, and talent to the fine art of jewelry making, creating some of the most spectacular objects known to humankind. This volume, geared toward jewelry makers, scholars, scientists, students, and fashionistas alike, begins with a lively introduction that offers a cultural history of jewelry and its production. The main text provides information on the most common, iconic, and culturally significant forms of jewelry and also covers materials, techniques, and manufacturing processes. Containing more than eighty color illustrations, this guide will be invaluable to all those wishing to increase their understanding and enjoyment of the art of jewelry.

The Oxford Handbook of Ancient Nubia

Unfortunately, so far no evidence clearly dating to the 1st millennium bce was
collected in the Nubian Eastern Desert itself (see ... Interestingly, the radiometric
date obtained from the rag containing the jewels is compatible with the
chronology ...

Author: Geoff Emberling

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0190496274

Category: History

Page: 1232

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The cultures of Nubia built the earliest cities, states, and empires of inner Africa, but they remain relatively poorly known outside their modern descendants and the community of archaeologists, historians, and art historians researching them. The earliest archaeological work in Nubia was motivated by the region's role as neighbor, trade partner, and enemy of ancient Egypt. Increasingly, however, ancient Nile-based Nubian cultures are recognized in their own right as the earliest complex societies in inner Africa. As agro-pastoral cultures, Nubian settlement, economy, political organization, and religious ideologies were often organized differently from those of the urban, bureaucratic, and predominantly agricultural states of Egypt and the ancient Near East. Nubian societies are thus of great interest in comparative study, and are also recognized for their broader impact on the histories of the eastern Mediterranean and the Near East. The Oxford Handbook of Ancient Nubia brings together chapters by an international group of scholars on a wide variety of topics that relate to the history and archaeology of the region. After important introductory chapters on the history of research in Nubia and on its climate and physical environment, the largest part of the volume focuses on the sequence of cultures that lead almost to the present day. Several cross-cutting themes are woven through these chapters, including essays on desert cultures and on Nubians in Egypt. Eleven final chapters synthesize subjects across all historical phases, including gender and the body, economy and trade, landscape archaeology, iron working, and stone quarrying.

Handbook of Ancient Nubia

The production of functional utilitarian and functional non-utilitarian objects marks
an increasing craftsmanship, as witnessed by jewels as well as by
standardisation in pottery production (Usai 2016b; Salvatori 2016). At present,
the oldest ...

Author: Dietrich Raue

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 3110420384

Category: History

Page: 1133

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Numerous research projects have studied the Nubian cultures of Sudan and Egypt over the last thirty years, leading to significant new insights. The contributions to this handbook illuminate our current understanding of the cultural history of this fascinating region, including its interconnections to the natural world.

Ancient Egypt and Nubia

After the feast , Seth brought out a magnificent chest , inlaid with jewels . “
Whoever fits this chest will be its new owner ! ” said Seth . Everyone took a turn
lying down inside the chest . But the guests were either too tall or too short .
When Osiris ...

Author: Mira Bartok

Publisher: Good Year Books

ISBN: 9780673361790

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

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Educational resource for teachers, parents and kids!

Ancient Egyptian Jewellery

Bibliography There are surprisingly few books dealing specifically with ancient
Egyptian jewellery and the most recent of ... 1987 VILÍMKOVÁ , M. , Egyptian
Jewellery ( London ) , 1969 WENIG , S. , Africa in Antiquity , The Arts of Ancient
Nubia ...

Author: Carol Andrews



Category: Egypt

Page: 208

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This illustrated survey of ancient Egyptian jewellery draws upon pieces from the world's greatest collections, including Cairo, London, New York and Munich, to examine the wealth, taste and craftsmanship of the Egyptian kings and their people.

The American Discovery of Ancient Egypt

Centrally located on the flat bezel is a uraeus with sun disk, a Nubian royal
emblem frequently found on jewelry. ... enameling); see Yvonne Markowitz and
Peter Lacovara, The Jewels of Ancient Nubia (New York: Abbeville Press,

Author: Los Angeles County Museum of Art



Category: Art objects, Egyptian

Page: 275

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Catalogue of the Loan Exhibition of Ancient and Modern Jewellery and Personal Ornaments 1872

It is impossible here to enter into the curious detail of ornamental jewellery of the
latter part of the 17th and 18th centuries . ... Egypt , Nubia , Abyssinia , Algeria ,
and Kabylia ; also from India , Thibet , China , and Japan : but much more
remains ...




Category: Jewelry

Page: 111

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These modest remains were clearly the relics of pre - Napatan Nubians , people
who were no doubt the ancestors of the great rulers of Kush SATELLITE
HYDROLOGY INC ... as exemplified by the magnificent jewels found during the
183os in the royal pyramids of Meroe . ... Africa shows the parameters of ancient
Nubia .






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Abu Simbel

Sailing along the Nile, the History, Art, Traditions, Temples and the Treasures of
the Ancient Land of Gold and the Sun The land of the pharaohs and of deserts, of
spectacular temples and magnificently decorated ancient tombs, Nubia that ...

Author: Giovanna Magi

Publisher: Casa Editrice Bonechi

ISBN: 9788847619135

Category: Travel

Page: 128

View: 706

With exhaustive information, superb full-colour photography, and detailed illustrations and accurate maps, the New Millennium Collection is perfect for those who want to know more about the history and art of the regions, cities, and monuments they visit

Gem and Stone

Jewels of Earth, Sea, and Sky Jenifer Altman ... In ancient times, the main
sources for gold were in Egypt and Nubia (modern Sudan). Because of its
accessibility, it played an important role in the art history of ancient Egypt.
Pharaohs of the Old ...

Author: Jenifer Altman

Publisher: Chronicle Books

ISBN: 1452119090

Category: Photography

Page: 132

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Gem and Stone celebrates 50 different gems ranging from timeless classics like diamond and emerald to exotic beauties such as lapis lazuli, peridot, and even petrified wood. Altman's photographs capture the splendor of each gem alongside brief text highlighting the stones' chemical makeups, metaphysical properties, and associated folklore throughout human history. Hand-drawn illustrations by Heather Smith Jones and an insightful foreword by mineralogist Thomas W. Overton round out this lustrous volume. Rock hounds, new age practitioners, and contemporary decorators and fashionistas will all delight in this treasure of a book.

African Arts

Although we know the sound values for them from the ancient Egyptian language
, the underlying Nubian language ... The Meroitic Period was illustrated by
objects from the excavation at Karanog : clothing , jewelry , pottery vessels for
food ...




Category: Africa


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The Dictionary of Art

Author: Jane Turner



Category: Art

Page: 913

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MUELLER (34) 93 310 45 16 ... 120 of the greatest ceramic treasures from c.




Category: Archaeology


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S S A Newsletter

Few institutions in the world have contributed as much to our understanding of
the civilizations of ancient Nubia as the ... Archaeological Treasures From the site
of Kerma came beautiful pottery , glazed stone , magnificent jewelry , and ebony




Category: Sudan


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Gold of the Pharaohs

Aldred , Cyril Jewels of the Pharaohs London 1971 , rev . ed . ... Carol A. R.
Ancient Egyptian Jewellery London 1990 München Munich 1972 - Catalogue of
Egyptian Antiquities in the British ... Berlin 1967 Wenig , Steffen Africa in Antiquity
: The Arts of Ancient Nubia and the Lilyquist , Christine The Gold Bowl naming ...

Author: Hans Wolfgang Müller



Category: Art

Page: 256

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The extraordinary gold craftsmanship of the Egyptians is analyzed in this illustrated compendium of art work commissioned by the Pharaohs.

Kush the Jewel of Nubia

Wilkinson , Richard . Reading Egyptian Art : A Hieroglyphic Guide to Ancient
Egyptian Painting and Sculpture . London : Thames & Hudson Ltd . , 1994 .
Winlock , H . E . " Notes on Jewels from Luhun . " Ancient Egypt . Part III ( 1920 ) :
74 - 87 .

Author: Miriam Ma'at-Ka-Re Monges

Publisher: Africa Research and Publications


Category: History

Page: 212

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The great Chiekh Anta Diop gave African culture roots from which one can trace the branches. No African researcher since, however, has provided a comprehensive analysis connecting the ancient Nile Valley civilzation with the African cultural universe. From the pyramids of Egypt to the great walls of Zimbabwe, Western scholars have attributed the achievements of these prodigious indigenous African civilizations to people culturally and geographically alien to Africa. In the case of the ancient Nubian empire of Kush, however, which occupied the southern part of Kemet (ancient Egypt) and all of present-day Sudan, one expects reasonable scholars to attribute this African culture to an African people. Sadly, however, the dogmatic, eurocentric Hegelian analysis of Africa is still alive and well in even the most current research on Nubia and Kush. It is up to African scholars to reconstruct Kushite history using an Afrocentric approach in order to shed light on this vital part of our African heritage. The present much-needed work traces Diop's great "African cultural commonalities" of matriarchy, totemism, divine kingship, and cosmogony to the very core of Kushite culture. This work represents the cutting edge of a new generation of Afrocentric. scholarship whose mandate it is to provide a clearer picture of Africa's true nature and of its genuine contribution to World Civilization.

Life in Ancient Egypt

Jewels of Queen Ahhôtep , 461 f . ... 282 , 320 , 465 myth of , 270 ff . of Coptos ,
475 of the East , 261 of Nubia , 503 signifying the king , 56 f . , 62 signifying lord
of the palace , 77 , 290 note and Set ditto , 74 Household remedies , 362 Houses

Author: Adolf Erman



Category: Egypt

Page: 570

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The Courier

... Sudan has a rare cultural heritage , much of it derived from the ancient Nubian
kingdoms of the Nile Valley which have made it a paradise for archaeologists . ...
The pyramids contain glassware , pottery , jewels and other valuable artefacts .




Category: Developing countries


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