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Alexis Castor (Franklin and Marshall College), “Male ornaments in East and West”



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Alexis Castor (Franklin and Marshall College), “Male ornaments in East and West”

Abstract: Luxurious dress and jewelry were important in the public self-representation in Perso-Anatolian and Etruscan cultures. What distinguishes jewelry use in these societies is that jewelry was equally significant for elite males as it was for females. In fact, most of the visual evidence for jewelry in the east comes from ornaments worn by soldiers, court officials, and kings. Persian, Anatolian, and Lydian women are rarely represented in the surviving art, making it unusually difficult to reconstruct the jewelry styles and types they favored. Etruscan men, too, showed themselves with rings, bracelets and armbands, necklaces, and earrings. In this paper, I will examine the male adoption of jewelry and explore the meanings of personal ornaments in both cultures.

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