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Serpentina - The Snake in Jewellery Around the World

Exhibition  /  26 Nov 2011  -  26 Feb 2012
Published: 16.11.2011
Birgit Laken. Necklace: Australian Snake, 1993. Mokume Gane, Tombak, Kupfer, Silber. 25 x 21 cm. Birgit Laken
Necklace: Australian Snake, 1993
Mokume Gane, Tombak, Kupfer, Silber
25 x 21 cm
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Intro
Sin and temptation, cunning and slyness, death and disaster on the one hand as well as eternity and renewal, protection and healing power on the other - this exhibition at Pforzheim’s Jewellery Museum covers the entire spectrum of snakes in jewellery.
The Snake in Jewellery Around the World - exhibition within the context of the 50th anniversary of the Reuchlinhaus

Sin and temptation, cunning and slyness, death and disaster on the one hand as well as eternity and renewal, protection and healing power on the other: the symbolic meanings of the snake are many and quite varied. It has fascinated mankind at all times and in all cultures and inspired the creation of exquisite works of art – including pieces of jewellery. Compiling an unprecedented variety of exhibits illustrating the theme, this exhibition at Pforzheim’s Jewellery Museum covers the entire spectrum of snakes in jewellery. From November 26, 2011 through February 26, 2012 it will present about 120 remarkable pieces of snake jewellery from various epochs and countries in Europe, Africa, Asia and America. The exhibition will be overseen by curator Fritz Falk, the museum’s director for more than 30 years, and is held within the context of the 50th anniversary of the Reuchlinhaus.

The exhibits cover the whole gamut from earrings and spiral curl rings via magnificent pectorals, brooches and fibulas to bangles and rings, even including bowls and a wine jug as well as drawings. This is the first time ever that the theme of the snake in jewellery has been dealt with so extensively. »The more we got involved with the theme, the more we realized how comprehensive and fascinating it is,« explains Cornelie Holzach, the museum’s director. »It is a great pleasure for me to present pieces of snake jewellery from all over the world in this one-off exhibition in Pforzheim, made available to us by lenders from Japan to New York, from Athens to Lisbon.«

Remarks

Welcome to the opening of the exhibition on on Friday, November 25, 2011, 7 p.m.

An attractive overnight stay and museum visit package can be booked through WSP Tourismusmarketing/Tourist Information Centre, phone: +49/(0)7231/39-3700, www.pforzheim.de.

Opening Hours

Tue – Sun and holidays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (except for Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve)

Guided group tours can be booked via phone: +49/(0)7231/39-2126.
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René Lalique. Piece: Pectorale Snakes, 1898 - 1899. Gold, Email. © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn 2011
. © Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Lissabon
. Photo Carlos Azevedo. René Lalique
Piece: Pectorale Snakes, 1898 - 1899
Gold, Email
© VG Bild-Kunst Bonn 2011
© Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Lissabon
Photo Carlos Azevedo
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