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Seller: ancientgifts ✉️ (5,284) 100%, Location: Lummi Island, Washington, US, Ships to: WORLDWIDE, Item: 383739482515 Greek Roman Hellenic Etruscan Jewelry Earrings Bangles Rings Fibulae 68 ColorPix. Greek and Roman Jewellery (68 Plates in Full Color) by Filippo Coarelli. NOTE: We have 75,000 books in our library, almost 10,000 different titles. Odds are we have other copies of this same title in varying conditions, some less expensive, some better condition. We might also have different editions as well (some paperback, some hardcover, oftentimes international editions). If you don’t see what you want, please contact us and ask. We’re happy to send you a summary of the differing conditions and prices we may have for the same title. DESCRIPTION: Trade Softcover (155 pages - 68 full color plates). Cassell (1988). Size: 7¼ x 5¼ inches; ½ pound. The history and jewelry wearing customs of the ancient Greeks and Romans. Sixty-Eight incredible color plates of ancient Greek and Roman Jewelry. Coffee Table Quality Reference. A fabulous reference! You’ll be thankful 100 times to have this book at your fingertips. The history and customs described are fascinating, the color pictures stunning. CONDITION: NEW. New and unread softcover. Cassell (1988) 155 pages. Unblemished except slight edge and corner shelf wear to the covers. Pages are pristine; clean, crisp, unmarked, unmutilated, tightly bound, unambiguously unread. Condition is entirely consistent with new stock from an open-shelf bookstore environment such as Barnes & Noble, Borders, or B. Dalton (for example), wherein new books might show minor signs of shelfwear, consequence of routine handling and simply the ordeal of constantly being shelved and re-shelved. Satisfaction unconditionally guaranteed. In stock, ready to ship. No disappointments, no excuses. PROMPT SHIPPING! HEAVILY PADDED, DAMAGE-FREE PACKAGING! Meticulous and accurate descriptions! Selling rare and out-of-print ancient history books on-line since 1997. We accept returns for any reason within 30 days! #042.1a. PLEASE SEE IMAGES BELOW FOR SAMPLE PAGES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. This is a wonderful, high quality book originally produced in the U.K. and Italy in English for distribution world wide. The full color plates are simply magnificent, and the images are of the most fabulous gold jewelry ever produced and uncovered from ancient Greece and Rome. It is a wonderful reference for those interested in the history of jewelry, and wonderful pictures for whose who just want to admire the incredible gold jewelry of these grand empires. There are pictures of many pieces which I have never seen before, except in pricey museum catalogs. Still a wonderful reference despite being originally produced in 1966, it is divided into five sections: The Geometric and Orientalizing Periods; Archaic Greece and Etruria; The Classical Period; The Hellenistic Period; and The Roman Period. What is really exceptional is that rather than terse descriptions of jewelry, this book explores the customs of jewelry wearing in the ancient world, with lots of examples of references to the wearing, production, and trade/sale of jewelry, references contemporaneous with the ancient world, which have survived until present day. Truly enlightening, you gain the understanding of how these ancient peoples viewed jewelry and the customs they followed regarding the wearing of jewelry. Much more than mere pictures and short descriptions, this examines the cultural aspects of jewelry in the ancient Roman and Greek world. This was considered a classic and authoritative source when it was first published, and it remains so today. In the Greek and Roman world jewelry-making was a flourishing and sophisticated art. Even the jewelers of the far-flung Aegean islands achieved an incredible standard of craftsmanship, as can be seen from their magnificent work illustrated here. Their elaborate, figured designs are particularly notable, and in the techniques of filigree and granulation they attained a unrivaled virtuosity. Jewelry-making has always been linked to the economic and social structure of society. During times of unashamed extravagance, goldsmiths were encouraged to create sumptuous pieces regardless of cost. At other times, as in the days of Republican Rome, the opposition of authority to any form of luxury was a powerful restraint which is reflected in more modest designs. Even when private luxury was curtailed, the custom of offering jewels and gold to the gods did not diminish. Popular designs were repeated over many centuries and similar pieces have been discovered in widely scattered areas. Some are bold with simple decoration. Others are delicate and worked in exquisite filigree. Knots, lotus flowers, acorns, trailing vines and animal motifs are all frequently used. In a fascinating text, the author Filippo Coarelli traces the development of styles from the Egyptian and Assyrian inspired designs of Archaic Greece to the emergence of Barbarian influence at the beginning of the Dark Ages. ADDITIONAL BACKGROUND: Ancient Jewelry: The art of the jeweler. Metalsmiths' shops were the training schools for many of the great artists of the Renaissance. Brunelleschi, Botticelli, Verrocchio, Ghi-berti, Pollaiuolo, and Luca della Robbia all were trained as goldsmiths before they embarked upon the higher arts. The goldsmith made silver vases for the dinner tables of cardinals; knights sent sword blades to be mounted in rich hilts; ladies came to have their jewels set; princes needed medals to commemorate their victories; popes and bishops wished to place chased reliquaries on the altars of their patron saints; and men of fashion ordered medallions to wear upon their hats. Although many materials-including iron-have been used for jewelry, gold is by far the most satisfactory. One could not expect the same results from any other metal, for the durability and the extraordinary ductility and pliancy of gold and its property of being readily drawn out or flattened into wire or leaf of almost infinite fineness have led to its being used for works in which minute-ness and delicacy of execution were required. Gold may be soldered, it may be cast, and any kind of surface, from the rough to the highest possible polish, given to it. It is the best of all metals upon which to enamel. Gold was easily retrieved from the gravel of river beds, where it was washed from the eroded rocks; hence it is one of the oldest metals known. Unlike most metals, gold does not tarnish on exposure to the air but remains brilliant. Pure gold is too soft for general use, but it can be hardened and toughened by alloying with most of the other metals. Color is one of its important qualities. When the metal is pure, it is nearly the orange-yellow of the solar spectrum. When it contains a little silver, it is pale yellow or greenish yellow; and when alloyed with a little copper, it takes a reddish tinge-all so effective in varicolored jewelry. These alloys have an ancient history, electrum, an alloy of gold and silver which assured beautiful hues, having been used by the Egyptians, Greeks, and other ancient peoples. The ancients, from the most remote times, were acquainted with the art of beating gold into thin leaves, and this leaf was used for other purposes besides personal adornment. Gold leaf was used in buildings for gilding wood, and Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans were adepts in applying it. It was no great departure to introduce gilded backgrounds to paintings or figures in mosaic and finally to illuminated manuscripts. In the use of gold Byzantium went beyond Rome or Athens. When more skill was attained by painters, backgrounds in perspective took the place of those in gold. Early examples of leaf work in this exhibition may be seen in the headdress and jewelry of Queen Shubad's ladies-in-waiting from the excavations of the royal tombs at Ur in Mesopotamia. They date from a period between 3500 and 2800 B.C. A second step was the cutting of gold leaf into thin strips to make wire. It is still a question whether the art of wire-drawing was known to the ancients. Plaited wire-work, as used in many places and over a wide period of time, is well represented in ancient history. Fusing and soldering are also ancient techniques. Granular work, the soldering of minute grains of gold one beside the other in a line or disposed ornamentally over a surface, was known to the ancient Egyptian jewelers, as well as to the classical, oriental, and barbarian gold-smiths. This traditional technique can be traced through the centuries, splendid granular work of the ancient and modern civilizations being well represented in archaeological finds. Condition: NEW (albeit perhaps with very faint, virtually imperceptible shelfwear). See detailed condition description below., Length: 155 pages, Dimensions: 7¼ x 5⅛ x ½ inches; ¾ pounds, Publisher: Cassell (1988), Format: Softcover

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