A small black and white photograph far from the start of the exhibition, countess Adina Yusupov all poses for an American photographer.She looks stunning. A string of pearls on her neck as always.Princess Yusupov has a great sort of seductress and the story goes she and her husband were among those that were at the party in which Rasputin was killed.Seductions and attempted murders, intricate scandals and modern-day underground, ancient history and contemporary trends.
The exhibition called Jewelry, the Body Transformed which opened in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in mid-November in New York City is dedicated to the many roles jewelry plays in people’s lives.It includes about 300 show pieces, each with its own complicated history.And it’s our hope that after visitors experience the exhibition and learn the stories of transformation that each object has to tell.They will reconsider the role of modern-day jewelry in their lives.
Ancient Egyptians loved gold.They believed the shiny metal was omnipotent.It could show its owners social status, save them from evil spirits and cure illnesses.This one belongs to a foreign wife of Tut Moses Ⅲ.He married women from other areas outside of Egypt to cement the communication between Egypt and these smaller states.A main wife and three secondary wives, that’s what the Pharaohs life was like.The exhibition allows visitors to compare status and rights all through jewelry,and to learn very important historical lessons worth more than gold.
For Nina Vishnu in New York, and I’m Ann Rice, VOA News
Nina Vishnu纽约撰写，美国之音记者Ann Rice报道。