Thursday, May 26, 2011

Historic Gold- Mesopotamian Headdress

Gold is constantly in the eyes of consumers and investors in today’s world. Even more so now that countries like China and India are becoming overwhelmingly more involved in the consumption of gold. But gold has always been around, and its place in history has been valued since the dawn of ancient civilizations.

Image © Trustees of The British Museum

The Mesopotamia Headdress is a piece of historic gold from the Mesopotamia period which dates past 5000 BC. In Mesopotamian culture, the number eight was a symbol of the afterlife and the journey to it by the passing soul. This piece of historic jewelry would have been traditionally worn as a funerary Headdress.

The Mesopotamia Headdress can be seen with eight golden leaves that were hand hammered and beautifully crafted for the historic piece.

The era of the Headdress was also credited to introduce large scale economies. The Carnelias and Lapis Lazuli pictured in the Headdress would have to have been imported especially from another region, symbolizing the importance of trade. The need to import materials for the headdress also symbolized the importance of precious metals and materials.

The ancient piece can be found in The British museum.


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