I’ve had ancient Egypt on the brain lately, as it’s been coming at me from many directions—from Kara Ross and Lele Sadoughi’s incredible scarab necklaces to the Great Gatsby’s ubiquitous Deco trends (King Tut’s tomb was discovered in 1922, leaving an indelible impression on fashion of the times). Geek that I am, I’ve also been transfixed by TV specials like Nova’s Mysteries of the Sphinx.
So, finding myself with a few hours to kill the other day, I headed straight to the source. No, not the Nile, but rather The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The Egyptian Wing is a little creepy, what with all the tombs and mummies and statues of animal gods, but it is incredibly transporting and beautiful.
Even more incredible than the ancient Temple of Dendur, however, was all the jewelry.
We’re talking jewelry made millennia ago! Much of which I would wear today!
It was fun to imagine the artisans back then, crafting snake rings out of gold and enameling detailed pendants with pretty much the same techniques jewelers use today. With snake jewelry having its moment, I half expected to bump into some local jewelry designers, sketchbooks in hand.
Here, some really really old pieces, and some modern interpretations. Can you tell which are which?