Since I design and make jewelry, I am always on the lookout for inspiration, and there is nothing better than getting to see ancient pieces up close. Here are a few I saw at the Hermitage in St. Petersburg.
Our friend and Moscow native Dmitri told us that he passed many an afternoon at the Pushkin Museum when he was a student. So, we had to make a visit. In fact, we made two. The Pushkin’s collections are housed in several buildings. The first ones we saw were located in the main building and included ancient Greece, the Black Sea region, the Near East, Roman Egypt and Troy. I never get tired of looking at ancient beads and metalwork although those items comprise only a small portion of what we saw:
Little Greek Cupids.
Beads (glass, pottery, rock crystal, carnelian, chalcedony and jet) from what we know today as Greece, Turkey and the Near East. Dates vary from 1st century BCE to 7th century CE.
When Schliemann found the treasure pictured below, he dressed his wife up in the jewelry and took her picture. I did not take the pictures below because my cell phone battery had decided to overheat and die. If you click on the pictures, however, you will be taken to a link with information on the photographers.
These are ceremonial hammers. They are oversized, maybe about a foot long and are very impressive in person.