CEREMONIAL HEADPIECE (LAMBA), SHEET GOLD ALLOY, REPOUSSÉ, SUMBA, INDONESIA, 1880-1950, COLLECTION OF THE MUSEUM OF APPLIED ARTS AND SCIENCES. IMAGE COURTESY OF JANE TOWNSEND – TAASA Review September 2014
Among the iconic and rarely seen items on display will be ancient Egyptian scarab jewels, a magnificent 19th century tiara and necklace made from exotic beetles, Australian goldrush jewellery, Chinese kingfisher-feather and finely carved jade ornaments, a `Southern Cross’ diamond brooch in the form of Charles Kingsford-Smith’s legendary aircraft, and a necklace worn by Nicole Kidman in the film Moulin Rouge.
A striking range of students’ contemporary studio jewellery will complete the selection.
The exhibition is organised into nine themes: Belief & Magic, Love & Death, Nature & Culture, Style & Revival, Gold & Identity, Status & Wealth, Men & Adornment, Modernity & Change and Revolution & Evolution...