Cypriot Gold-Finished Brass Earrings

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Description

Cypriot Gold-Finished Brass Earrings

These chic crescent-shape earrings made of gold-finished brass are inspired by pieces worn in various Mediterranean countries around 2500 B.C.

They are characterized by an elongated tapered hoop where the lower part expands into a larger curve. 1 ½” long.

Reminiscent of the Met’s spectacular production of Giuseppe Verdi’s Otello set in a coastal city on the island of Cyprus.

  • Cypriot
  • Ashmolean Museum
  • Oxford, England
  • Gold-finished brass
  • Surgical steel post backs
  • 1 ½” L
  • Gift box included

History

Otello

Giuseppe Verdi’s four-act opera, Otello, based on Shakespeare’s Othello, is set in the late 15th century on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus.

Otello is the 25th title of the 26 operas, which were composed by Verdi. He was 74 years old when he wrote it (1884-1886).

The story adheres closely to the Bard’s play. Otello, an African Moor and general in the Venetian army returns home to a plot of deception created by his subordinate, Iago, which goes awry and leads Otello into a fit of rage resulting in his murder of Desdemoda, his beloved wife. Otello falls on his dagger in despair at what he has done in the final scene, which is an oft-studied subject in literature, opera and psychology.

Before she dies in Act 3, Desdemona sings two well-known arias, “Willow Song” and “Ave Maria.”

In the Met’s 2018/2019 season, modern architectural sets were used to create a contemporary feeling, appropriate for a story, which rings as true today as it did in the 15th century.

World premiere in Teatro alla Scala, Milan, February 5, 1887

 

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