"ALL GOLD EVERYTHING" by Justin Dennis

“All Gold Everything” is the title of my gallery. In this gallery, I chose to feature different types of art either made entirely of gold, gold used in some form or another or implied. I tried to pick a range of different items to keep it interesting and fun. Hope you enjoy!

In the Provinces of Panama, the use of gold represented high social rank and symbolized supernatural powers. This piece is believed to be a funerary mask that was mounted to the body of the deceased. As you can see, the oval shaped mask is made purely of gold and is stamped with the face of a person.
This is a garment that was wore by the Hungarian and Turkish people. The garment was used as a gala costume. It is said to have been created in the early 16th century and was last wore at a tournament in Buda by a prince named Miklós Esterházy. Oddly enough and despite it's gold color, it was not always this way. The original color of the garment was light red or a salmon color. The pattern on the jacket consists of flourishing pomegranates.
This piece is another funerary one. The item is a mummy that is fitted with a gold mask. There is not much info listed about the item other than the mummy being lined with gold and brass. There is a diamond shaped pattern the mummy is laced with and the mask itself seems to be solid gold. Looking closer, there are also bits of gold ornaments throughout the body of the mummy while what appears to be Egyptian hieroglyphics surround the head.
This is plaque from a book made of jade gemstone and gold pigment. Exploring the link further, I found that these types of books were usually used to transcribe sutras, imperial notes and classical texts. In this particular book contains the Canon of Yao. The story about an emperors transfer of throne to a successor. The gold sutra on this piece seems to be transcribed on top of the gem as the edges of the characters are beveled and raised.
This piece is that of the neoclassicism era in Russia around the 1830's. It is carved with many things that represent victory and power. The handle itself is a carved representation of a helmet; the Imperial Horse Guards helmet to be exact. The medium for this piece is solid gold.
This figure originated from the Tolita-Tumaco area. It's medium is sheet gold and is derived from the 1st century BCE era. The figure has a head dress and a large nose ring. Another distinctive feature is the ears of the figure. The figure seems to have held other ornamental items but were lost along with the feet.
What would a gold gallery be without some gold currency! This currency in the form of a gold coin was used by Romans in 27 BC. These types of coins were given out to reward those close to the emperor. The image on the front of the coin is that of Augustus: ruler of the Roman empire. The image and text on the back of the coin represent the defeat of Cleopatra and Mark Anthony's army in the Battle of Actium.
This item is the cover of a gospel book created by Georg May II in 1697. The medium is silver gilded with gold. The relief features iconic scenes from the Passion of Christ as well as the Descents into Hell. The larger rectangle in the center is a depiction of the Descents into Hell surrounded by scenes of the Passion of Christ in smaller, outer rectangular dividers.
This is a gold vessel found in the gold hoard of Nagyszentmiklós. In this hoard, they found 23 early medieval vessels and included in those 23 was this one. On the vessel are several depictions. A knight in chain mail, an eagle abducting a woman, an archer riding a mythical creature and a griffin killing a dear. The vessel is 18 carat gold.
This is an ornamental piece of jewelry dating back to 600- 500 BC. It is said to have originated from Persia. This piece represents wealth, status as well rank. Ornamental jewelry like this was said to only have been worn out to special occasions such as rituals, weddings and parades.The lion was a beloved animal in Persia and was heavily used in their metalwork. It's medium is silver and gold.
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