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Ancient and Islamic Jewelry

This course will trace the ancient traditions of body adornment, from the earliest bead jewelry of the Neolithic period to the opulent jewels of the Persian shahs in the 20th century. Taught by a specialist in Islamic art, this course will look most closely at the ancient Egyptian and Mesopotamian jewels found in funerary contexts and illustrate the continuity of these materials, forms, and metalworking techniques through the medieval and modern periods in the Islamic world. The course will explore several galleries of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, which house some of the most magnificent and important objects in the history of jewelry.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • Familiarity with some of the most valuable and beautiful jewelry pieces in the world
  • Knowledge about historic jewelry-making methods
  • An understanding of the history and context of jewelry

Ideal for

  • Art enthusiasts
  • Aspiring and practicing arts professionals
  • Jewelry makers
NO open sections available for this course at the moment. Please check back next semester.