2008/12/19

Field Museum to highlight ancient jewelry


Chicago -- Jewelry from the ancient Near East will be the focus of attention in a new exhibit to hit The Field Museum in Chicago next month.

"Masterpieces of Ancient Jewelry: Exquisite Objects from the Cradle of Civilization" will run from Feb. 13 through July 5 and will feature artifacts from renowned collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Princeton University Art Museum and the Israel Museum.

Some of the artifacts to be presented are more than 7,000 years old, and the jewelry is intended to illuminate the culture and customs of ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, the Levant, Persia and the Islamic Middle East.

The Field Museum is partnering with the National Jewelry Institute to produce the exhibit, which will also feature maps and illustrations in addition to the jewelry, placing the designs in an historical and cultural context.

Several key pieces from The Field Museum's own collection, including a grouping of 23,000 artifacts from the 5,000-year-old city of Kish, Iraq, will also be on display to complement the exhibition.

"Masterpieces of Ancient Jewelry: Exquisite Objects from the Cradle of Civilization" is free with paid general admission to The Field Museum.

For more information, call (312) 922-9410 or visit the museum's Web site, www.fieldmuseum.org.

From: www.nationaljewelernetwork.com





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