Sumerian Necklace

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Sumerian Necklace

Made of frosted lapis lazuli and gold finished, brass beads, this stylish necklace is patterned after designs created by the Sumerians, who inhabited lower Mesopotamia between the Tigr

is and Euphrates rivers from the middle of the 4th millennium B.C. until about 1792 B.C.Found among the many treasures excavated at the royal cemetery in the ancient city of Ur were decorative boxes, statues and jewelry such as this piece embellished with gold and lapis.

Measuring 16” long, it has a gold finished lobster claw closure. Gift box included.
Reminiscent of the splendid costume and jewelry designs seen in the the Met’s spectacular production of Aida.

  • Sumerian
  • Mesopotamia
  • c. 2500 B.C.
  • Frosted lapis
  • Gold finished brass beads
  • Gold finished lobster claw closure
  • 16” L
  • Gift box included
     


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History

Aida

This grandest of grand operas, Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida features an epic backdrop for what is in essence an intimate love story set in ancient Egypt packed with magnificent choruses, dramatic arias, complex ensembles and elaborate ballets. The opera is, at its core, a profound exploration of the conflict of private emotion and public duty.

The score of this 4-act opera is a sophisticated example of Italian Romanticism as heard in the “Celeste Aida” right at the beginning of Act I, her impassioned “Ritorna vincitor!” that follows and her great internal journey, “Qui Radamès verrà! O patria mia” in Act III. At the center of Act II, is the great Triumphal Scene, which ranks among opera’s most celebrated moments.

Notable performances include a 1955 production conducted by Tullio Serafin with Maria Callas as Aida and Richard Tucker as Radamès, as well as a 1959 performance conducted by Herbert van Karajan with Renata Tebaldi as Aida and Carlo Bergonzi as Radamès.

Today the work holds a central place in the operatic canon, receiving performances every year around the world.

At the Metropolitan Opera alone, Aida has been performed more than 1,500 times since 1886 and was presented again in the Met’s 2018–19 season.

Aida was commissioned by and first performed at Cairo’s Khedivial Opera House on December 24, 1871.

 

 

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