Heavenly Bodies. The Sun, Moon and Stars in Jewellery

Exhibition  /  08 Jul 2016  -  30 Oct 2016
Published: 26.07.2016
Unknown. Object: The Nebra sky disk, 1600 BC. Bronze, gold.. Photo by: Juraj Lipták. © LDA Sachsen-Anhalt. Unknown
Object: The Nebra sky disk, 1600 BC
Bronze, gold.
Photo by: Juraj Lipták
© LDA Sachsen-Anhalt
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The myths surrounding precious metals are closely linked to our celestial bodies. In many early cultures and on all continents, the sun, moon and stars were considered to be divine signs in the sky that were revered as much as they were feared, being regarded both as preservers of happiness and prosperity and as harbingers of evil. Poets, composers, painters and artisans from classical antiquity to the present day have also concerned themselves with our celestial bodies, which can be found in multiple forms in jewellery as well, whether charged with magical powers or »merely« appealing or expensive.