Greek Gold: Jewellery of the Classical World

Greek Gold: Jewellery of the Classical World


By (author) Dyfri Williams, By (author) Jack Ogden


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  • Format: Hardback | 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 219mm x 276mm 1,390g
  • Publication date: 1 June 1994
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0714122025
  • ISBN 13: 9780714122021
  • Illustrations note: 250 colour illustrations, 40 b&w illustrations, 6 maps

Product description

During the classical period in ancient Greece, the skill of Greek jewellers and the beauty of the designs they created raised their craft to a glorious miniature art. Published to accompany a unique exhibition, this catalogue describes and illustrates two hundred of the finest surviving pieces of Greek jewellery dating from the 5th to 3rd century BC. Drawn from the unrivalled collections of the Hermitage, St Petersburg, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the British Museum, many of the pieces are being exhibited for the first time. Jewellery from all over the Greek world, from Greece itself, from the fabulously rich Greek cities of Asia Minor, the Crimea and South Italy, and from partially Hellenised areas such as Cyprus, the Ukraine and Central Italy is brought together in the catalogue. An introductory section examines the way jewellery was made, how it was worn, and how it relates to other arts such as sculpture and drawing, as well as bringing out the stylistic differences between the work of jewellers in the various parts of the Greek world.

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Editorial reviews

This was published to tie in with an exhibition of the same name at the British Museum in London. However, the book stands well by itself. To look at the development of classical jewellery is to see the artistic flourishing of this period of Greek art - between the 5th and early-3rd century BC. The pieces come from Greece itself, the Greek colonies of Asia Minor, South Italy, the Crimea and so on. Jewellery as a subject is a reflection of trends in other artistic fields: the iconography crosses the boundaries with sculpture and drawing. Most staggering of all though is the detail of each piece - wonderful filigree work, animal heads on earrings or bangle ends. Fabulous, fantastic illustrations show every beautiful detail. (Kirkus UK)