Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Ancient Civilization Challenge 2014

Here is just a little information on 'Etruscan Art' from Wikipedia; this was the ancient civilization that I chose for my inspiration for the piece of jewelery that I created.
Etruscan art was the form of figurative art produced by the Etruscan civilization in central Italy between the 9th and 2nd centuries BC. Particularly strong in this tradition were figurative sculpture in terracotta (particularly life-size on sarcophagi or temples) and cast bronze, wall-painting and metalworking (especially engraved bronze mirrors and situlae). The origins of the Etruscans, and consequently of their artistic style, dates back to the people who inhabited or were expelled from Asia Minor during the Bronze Age and Iron Age (See the Villanovan culture). Due to the proximity and/or commercial contact to Etruria, other ancient cultures influenced Etruscan art, such as Greece, Phoenicia, Egypt, Assyria and the Middle East. The apparent simple character in the Hellenistic era conceals an innovative,and unique style whose pinnacle coincided with the Greek archaic period. The Romans would later come to absorb the Etruscan culture into theirs but would also be greatly influenced by them and their art.
I was especially interested in the Etruscan bronze art work pieces that I viewed online and they were the main source of inspiration for my finished necklace.

Necklace in the designing stage...:)

Etruscan Art
The bright colors of Etruscan art inspired my choice of colors in my necklace

The finished necklace with earrings!
 Bronze Head, Tarquinia, 4th Cent BCE
Etruscan bronze bust, this lady's necklace of 'daggers' suggested the lovely shell spikes that I used in my piece.

1 comment:

  1. I love this set! I am absolutely fascinated by ancient cultures, and I think you captured the Etruscan feeling in what you made. I'm very impressed! :)