Exhibition "Amber Gemmae"

Event duration:
from 17 June 2021 to 15 August 2021

The art of miniature carving from precious and semi-precious stones (glyptic) dates back to the high antiquity. The earliest kind of gemmae – intaglios (from Italian intagliare – to carve inside, engrave) – appeared in the 4000 B.C. In-depth images were of practical significance – they were used as stamps.

Gemmae with in-relief images – cameos (from Italian cammeo – carved stone) appeared in Hellenistic Greece in 4th century B.C.. and have been regarded as luxury items since that moment.

The Baltic amber as material having rich plastic potential, unusual texture and polychrome colours also attracts masters of glyptic, items featured at the exhibition "Amber Gemmae" from the Kaliningrad Regional Amber Museum collection testify to that. It consists of various items: these are both traditional women's adornments as brooches, pendants and rings, and interior objects, where gemmae are used as decorative inserts. There are over 50 artworks made from the 1970s until today.

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