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Celtic-Iberian Ribbed Bangles and Sumerian Royal Bangle Set

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Price: $225.00
Member Price: $202.50

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Description

A pair of gold armlets (Iron Age, 5th4th century B.C.) in the Museums collection were found in the Iberian peninsula (Spain and Portugal). They were made during the time when the Phoenicians, a confederation of maritime traders from the eastern Mediterranean, had expanded throughout the Mediterranean region in the early first millennium B.C. However, while typically Phoenician jewelry of Near Eastern derivation was also found in Iberia, these distinctive armlets feature six solid gold rings stacked to produce a ribbed exterior; their stark simplicity of design more closely relates to local European Celtic rather than to Phoenician traditions, and therefore gives them the stylistic designation of Celtic-Iberian. These original armlets are the basis for our stylish bangles.

Excavations at the ancient Mesopotamian site of Ur uncovered the remains of the city and a Sumerian cemetery dating to the third millennium B.C. The so-called royal graves at Ur contained many extraordinary finds, including jewelry of gold, carnelian, and lapis lazuli. A choker and four strands of beads in the Museums collection (ca. 26002500 B.C.) came from these lavish graves. The blue lapis lazuli and gleaming gold used to make these adornments provide a rich sense of contrasting color and may have had amuletic properties. They certainly evoked distant lands, because the materials are not native to Mesopotamia; the lapis lazuli would have originated in Afghanistan and the gold would have traveled from Iran, Anatolia, or even faraway Egypt. Our mesmerizing bangle is based on these ancient treasures.

Celtic-Iberian Ribbed Bangles: 18K gold overlay. 1/2''W and 1/4''W; inner circumference: 7 1/2''.
Sumerian Royal Bangle: 18K gold overlay, hand enameled. 1/2''W; inner circumference: 7 1/2''.

  • Celtic-Iberian Ribbed Bangles: 18K gold overlay. 1/2''W and 1/4''W; inner circumference: 7 1/2''
  • Sumerian Royal Bangle: 18K gold overlay, hand enameled. 1/2''W; inner circumference: 7 1/2''

Art History

The Museum's collection of ancient Near Eastern art includes more than seven thousand works varying in date from the eighth millennium B.C. through the centuries just past the age of the Arab conquests of the seventh century A.D. Objects originate from a expansive region centered in Mesopotamia, between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, and extending north to the Caucasus and the Eurasian steppes and south to the Arabian peninsula. To the west the region consists of Anatolia, Syria, and the Levant, bordered by the Mediterranean; to the east, it extends through Iran and western Central Asia, with connections as far as the Indus River Valley.

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Description

A pair of gold armlets (Iron Age, 5th4th century B.C.) in the Museums collection were found in the Iberian peninsula (Spain and Portugal). They were made during the time when the Phoenicians, a confederation of maritime traders from the eastern Mediterranean, had expanded throughout the Mediterranean region in the early first millennium B.C. However, while typically Phoenician jewelry of Near Eastern derivation was also found in Iberia, these distinctive armlets feature six solid gold rings stacked to produce a ribbed exterior; their stark simplicity of design more closely relates to local European Celtic rather than to Phoenician traditions, and therefore gives them the stylistic designation of Celtic-Iberian. These original armlets are the basis for our stylish bangles.

Excavations at the ancient Mesopotamian site of Ur uncovered the remains of the city and a Sumerian cemetery dating to the third millennium B.C. The so-called royal graves at Ur contained many extraordinary finds, including jewelry of gold, carnelian, and lapis lazuli. A choker and four strands of beads in the Museums collection (ca. 26002500 B.C.) came from these lavish graves. The blue lapis lazuli and gleaming gold used to make these adornments provide a rich sense of contrasting color and may have had amuletic properties. They certainly evoked distant lands, because the materials are not native to Mesopotamia; the lapis lazuli would have originated in Afghanistan and the gold would have traveled from Iran, Anatolia, or even faraway Egypt. Our mesmerizing bangle is based on these ancient treasures.

Celtic-Iberian Ribbed Bangles: 18K gold overlay. 1/2''W and 1/4''W; inner circumference: 7 1/2''.
Sumerian Royal Bangle: 18K gold overlay, hand enameled. 1/2''W; inner circumference: 7 1/2''.





  • Celtic-Iberian Ribbed Bangles: 18K gold overlay. 1/2''W and 1/4''W; inner circumference: 7 1/2''
  • Sumerian Royal Bangle: 18K gold overlay, hand enameled. 1/2''W; inner circumference: 7 1/2''




Art History

The Museum's collection of ancient Near Eastern art includes more than seven thousand works varying in date from the eighth millennium B.C. through the centuries just past the age of the Arab conquests of the seventh century A.D. Objects originate from a expansive region centered in Mesopotamia, between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, and extending north to the Caucasus and the Eurasian steppes and south to the Arabian peninsula. To the west the region consists of Anatolia, Syria, and the Levant, bordered by the Mediterranean; to the east, it extends through Iran and western Central Asia, with connections as far as the Indus River Valley.


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