The Jewellery Girl

During the first century before the Christ event a cultural mosaic confronted any Greek or Roman travelling through the Mediterranean area, including famous statues and monuments from various periods. The libraries were overflowing with scrolls containing Greek and Latin literary gems, the famous Greek tragedies written five centuries before Christ continued to be performed in theatres, as well as Latin comedy’s, contemporary mimes and farces. The spoils of war meant that Rome acquired not only works of art, but also precious objects, personal ornaments and pearls. According to Pliny the Elder, renowned for documenting his times, ‘people nowadays go to buy clothes in China, look for pearls in the depths of the Red Sea and emeralds in the bowels of the earth. Moreover the practice of piercing the ears has been invented; it evidently did not suffice to wear jewels round the neck, in the hair and on the hands, they also have to be stuck in the body’. Roman women loved jewellery, as evidenced by the portrait of a woman wearing a remarkable number of jewels uncovered by the excavator of Hawara, Sir Flinders Petrie. He dubbed her The Jewellery Girl. She would have been contemporary perhaps with Queen Cleopatra, the last and most famous of the Macedonian Ptolemies, to rule in Egypt


  • Napoleon Hatmaker says:

    Thanks for nice post,I love jewelry, confused on what to buy for my sweet mom

  • Drake says:

    This example of beautiful Latin painting pops with every romantic curiosity in world, who was in her eyes and what was on her mind, what she might sound like. Love it!!!!!

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