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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 1 October 2016
22 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 1 OCTOBER 2016 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM In Mykonos, all that glitters may be ancient jewellery How ‘Vanity’, an exhibition of jewellery spanning five thousand years, drew visitors to the Mykonos archaeological museum and highlighted a new approach by the Greek Ministry of Culture An art object by Two is Company. Stunning beaches, beautiful Cycladic architecture, endless partying and luxury entertainment has made Mykonos a haven for the global elite. The island has long been associated with vanity, though this time around it is different. ‘Vanity: Stories of Jewellery in the Cyclades’ is an exhibition that aspires to bring tourists, locals and visitors to one of the least visited venues of the island − the Archaeological Museum. Featuring more than 200 largely unknown treasures from 19 different Cycladic islands, spanning from Neolithic times (5,500BC) to the late 20th century, the exhibition opened in August, offering a journey into the history of Cycladic jewellery. A wide range of ornaments is on display, from simple, beaded jewels made of shell, bone and ivory to lavish accessories such as earrings, bracelets and rings in gold, silver and bronze decorated with precious and semi-precious stones, faience, coral and glass. Many of them are recent finds, shown to the public for the first time - among them two murals and a post-Byzantine icon. The concept behind 'Vanity' is to highlight the cultural importance of jewellery throughout history and gain insight into the societies that produced them. From prehistoric Cycladic pendants to Roman necklaces and Byzantine rings, the exhibition presents archaeological artefacts to the public for the first time, paired with treasures from the Folkore Museum of Mykonos, the Byzantine Museum in Athens and many other collections. According to the museum, diadems, hair rings and earrings, anklets and armbands, fibulas and pins, finger rings and bracelets made from shells, bone and ivory, common and semi-precious stones, glass, faience, and cor- Ring from Santorini, dated from the second to third century AD. A bracelet from Naxos, dated from 850-750BC.
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