THE EMOTIONAL VALUE OF JEWELLERY: “Offering jewellery to the ones who can not wear it: Burying the dead with jewellery, adorning icons with jewellery in contemporary Greece.” Part 6/7

A pitch by Loukia Richards for the JEWELLERY MATTERS International Symposium at Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, 16 November 2017. You may read Part 1/2/3/4/5 by scrolling down blog updates.

Picture #1.
The concept of death has not changed much since Homeric Age:
the short joy of life is followed by an anaemic eternity in the kingdom of shadows.
End-death/τέλος in Greek means completion or perfection.
It also means the end of a sport race, αγών in Greek (see the word: agony).

Picture #2.

You see the ashes box and the golden oak tree wreath from the tomb of Philip of Macedonia at Vergina, Greece.

The golden wreath crowned the victor of the life race at his funeral,
like athletes were crowned with wreaths after their victory in the sacred games.

The crowning of the dead means apotheosis – becoming God-like.

Picture #3.

The baptism cross, the wedding ring, the engagement earrings
reflect rites of social integration in modern Greece
and are buried with the dead to preserve their identity in Hades.
Buried jewellery will pass over to the relative who will undertake the exhumation, three years after death.

Buried jewellery is considered apotropaic, for it went to Hades and returned!



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