All that glitters is gold today on Museum Quick Bites. Join me for a quick tour of a gorgeous gold breastplate handcrafted by the Chimú (1000-1470 CE) a South American people known for their face beakers, whistling pots, impressive citadels, colorful textiles, and stunning metalwork.
Today on Museum Quick Bites we’re working in a little face time with an ancient beer mug. Handcrafted from gold by the Chimú, this quirky cup (c1475-1525 CE) was used during rituals to drink fermented corn beer.
Today on Museum Quick Bites we’re stepping into the Basilica di San Vitale in Ravenna, Italy to learn more about Byzantine Empress Theodora (c497-548). Inside these 6th century walls, her portrait, crafted from colorful glass and gold-infused tiles, offers clues about this powerful, multi-faceted woman. From devout Christian to demonic consort, Theodora’s portrayal in art, literature, and even the stage is much like her empire, complex.
Today on Museum Quick Bites we’re winding back the clock to the 6th century and taking a closer look at Byzantine bling.
Today on Museum Bites we’re breaking out the bling and trying on some rings. The ancient Egyptians were the first to decorate their digits and during the past several millennia rings have ranged from the austere to the outrageous. Join me for a brief look at three unique examples. We begin with a goddess…