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The Pearl. Its Representations Through Time

Article  /  History   CécileMaes
 
Published: 20.04.2023
Funerary portrait, Fayum, Egypt, 2nd century 
. Her light skin is the reason for her nickname 'the European'.
. The gilding on the neck covers a pearl necklace: added after death, it gave the deceased a sort of divine aura..
Funerary portrait, Fayum, Egypt, 2nd century 
Her light skin is the reason for her nickname 'the European'.
The gilding on the neck covers a pearl necklace: added after death, it gave the deceased a sort of divine aura.

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Intro
The pearl, a precious object with its own codes and language, conveys destinies and transmits memories. 

This article is the result of my research during my internship at Klimt02. The path of my work around the Pearl is presented in 3 parts. The Pearl Necklace. Not just a range of beads is the main article about the pearl necklace in the contemporary jewellery field. Followed by the second, The Pearl. The Origins of the Myth which helps to understand its enchanting genesis. All accompanied by the last one The Pearl. Its Representations Through Time focused on how it crossed time and trends. Raising the question of femininity and social status.