The charm of the Dacia. The last frontier of Romanity exhibition lies in the interweaving and mutual influence of civilizations, in the ability to focus on the process of formation that led to the creation of a cultural identity, over a long period of time that goes from the end of the First Iron Age and up to the dawn of current European civilization, in a space considered as the "last frontier of Romanity", a place where the linguistic foundation laid by the Latin language and the name of the Romans have survived, despite the vicissitudes, until our days. The ties between Romania and Italy have very ancient roots that date back to the conquest of rich Dacia by the Roman Empire, which began in the 1st century BC and completed by Emperor Trajan in the year 106 AD. The Roman presence was all in all short, but the influence in the region was profound, leaving the indelible imprint of Latinity in the Carpathian and Lower Danube areas. The exhibitin itinerary opens with a cast of a scene carved on Trajan's Column, which portrays three Dacian archers holding the Romans besieged inside a city at gunpoint. Next to it are masterpieces such as the Glykon Serpent from Tomis, a marble depiction of a "good demon" who heals from epidemics, the magnificent Gold Helmet of Cotofeneşti of Thracian manufacture, with various scenes of sacrifice, the Gothic Treasure of Pietroasele from the 4th century AD with the exceptional embossed gold cup and large fibulae, and also some Dacian gold bracelets. Over 1000 objects from 47 Romanian museums, as well as from the National Museum of History of the Republic of Moldova, reconstruct the birth of Roman times.
Within the history of the lapidary arts, the so-called “cabochon” cut is considered one of the oldest techniques of cutting gems.
Appreciated since Antiquity, this technique was practiced by craftsmen from China to the Mediterranean basin, via India, because it highlighted the color of the gemstones.
The cabochon cut became a signature of ...