Hammering Techniques in Greek and Roman Jewellery and Toreutics

Hammering Techniques in Greek and Roman Jewellery and Toreutics


By (author) Michail Yu. Treister, Edited by James Hargrave

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  • Publisher: Brill
  • Format: Hardback | 620 pages
  • Dimensions: 163mm x 246mm x 38mm | 1,270g
  • Publication date: 15 October 2001
  • Publication City/Country: Leiden
  • ISBN 10: 9004121501
  • ISBN 13: 9789004121508
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This work traces the development of hammering techniques in Greek, Roman and related jewellery and toreutics based on the analysis of ancient tools used for manufacture of hammered metalwork, primarily punches and matrices with figural designs, and actual finds of metalwork and jewellery. The book offers essays on metalworkers' tools from Mycenean Greece until the Late Roman Period. It includes chapters on different categories of hammered metalwork in the corresponding periods and Excursus about particular matrices or punches and hoards of toreutics. Bringing together the tools of metalworkers and actual objects manufactured with them opens new perspectives on chronological and cultural attribution of ancient jewellery and toreutics and illuminates the role of mass production and artistic creativity in ancient history.

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Author information

Mikhail Y. Treister, Ph.D. (1984) in Archaeology, Moscow University; habilitation (1993) at Oriental Institute (Moscow), was Curator at the Dept. of Art and Archaeology at the Pushkin Museum, Moscow (1979-1997) and is an independent scholar now. He has published extensively on the archaeology of North Pontic area, problems of Greek and Roman metalworking, gold of Troy, Scythia and Sarmatia.