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The golds of Taranto

18-09-2021 11:12

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The golds of Taranto

These are precious items dating back to the Hellenistic age and, therefore, to the period between the fourth and second centuries BC, the apogee of hellenistic

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Raise your hand if you have never heard of the gold of Taranto. Elegant, refined, elaborate. The goldsmith's art collection that the archaeological museum of the Ionian capital houses is unique in its kind and includes bracelets, pendants, rings , necklaces and even a nutcracker. A real pleasure for the eyes.


These are precious items dating back to the Hellenistic age and, therefore, to the period between the 4th and 2nd centuries BC, the apogee of Magna Graecia. In fact, researchers have highlighted how in the city of the two seas a sort of real 'goldsmith's district ' had been established. A set of artisan shops that were able to reinterpret the decorative motifs that were very popular at the time in Greece, to meet the demands of the local market. ⠀


The characteristic of Taranto gold lies in the processing technique used: in addition to the use of colored enamels, the decoration was obtained through the application of very thin gold threads, intertwined with each other in order to create a high-quality texture quality. The presence of all this gold was guaranteed by the expansion policy of Alexander the Great, whose military exploits made large quantities of precious metals pour into the Mediterranean markets. ⠀


You can buy the poster dedicated to Taranto gold on https://saluti-dalla-puglia.hoplix.com/.


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