In the past, gold jewelry with motifs created by arranging tiny granules of \u00a0gold was popular in some parts of India.\nAncient Greeks used the granulation process too but the finest granulated ornaments were crafted by Etrurians.\nThe technique is thought to have its origins in Sumer about 5,000 years ago. In the first millennium B.C. the technique was used by Etruscans living in present-day Italy. Greek craftsmen also employed the technique, but it was the work coming from Etruria which (wikipedia)\nArcheological findings in the royal tombs of Ur, in Mesopotamia (dated 2500 B.C) include jewels made with the granulation technique.\nIt has been suggested that the technique spread to Anatolia to Troy and finally to Etruria.\nHow this craft migrated to India is something that I have yet to read up on!\n\nAndhra Pradesh 1st century BCE \u2013 Met Museum \u2013 Wikipedia\n\u00a0\nHere are some other lovely examples of this form of gold art \u2013 all from India.\u00a0\n\n\n(Forgive the quality of the photos \u2013 all taken with a phone camera without a lens that would do justice to the micro features)\n\n\n\u00a0\n\n\nAnd the interesting thing is that the motifs formed by the arrangement of gold dots\u00a0 are also seen in the motifs used in the tattoos of the region!\nI must follow this trail and see what we can find.\u00a0\nThe question is what question should I ask google so that the answers connecting these dots may be found! (apologies for the lame pun .. couldn\u2019t resist it! )\njm\nDec 2017\nThe post Connecting the Dots of Gold appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.