Learn about jewelry, from ancient to modern times

Program to be held April 6 at the Artists' Market Community Center in Shohola

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  • Broad Collar of Senebtisi from Egypt, circa 1810 BCE

  • The Shannongrove Gorget from Ireland, circa 750 BCE

  • Marriage necklace from India, circa 1880

— Through just about all of history, jewelry has been a way to show off — or escape — our social or economic class. It’s the world’s oldest art form, predating cave paintings by tens of thousands of years.

The Barryville Area Arts Association presents "A Celebration of the World’s Oldest Art Form," which includes representations of ancient jewelry, contemporary jewelry, and a brief presentation on the art of jewelry from ancient Mesopotamia to today. The event will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 6, at the Artists' Market Community Center, 114 Richardson Avenue, Shohola.

Just as in ancient times, people today often attribute magical powers to crystals or other stones. During the presentation you’ll learn about jewelry makers as counter-revolutionaries, design themes of sex and death, and when and why jewelry became more popular among women than men.

The historical display includes images of the golden toe stalls warn by King Thutmose III’s wife, and the falcon-crested Broad Collar of Senebtisi, which is even older.

The event will include music and complimentary refreshments. It is sponsored by the Barryville Area Arts Association and made possible through a grant from the Richard L. Snyder fund administered by the Greater Pike Community Foundation.

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