Current Lecture Programme
Tuesdays at 6:00pm. Members and Guests.
Society of Antiquaries of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly W1J 0BE
All lectures from March - June 2020 were postponed due to the corona virus lockdown. From September 2020 - June 2021 lectures were resumed but were only available live online via zoom, and posted subsequently on the SJH website for members unable to view on the night.
Since September 2021 we have resumed live lectures at Burlington House, which will be made available online simultaneously. We aim to add as many lectures as possible to the website, but some lectures will not be available after delivery because of copyright restrictions on images or because they contain fresh and evolving research which lecturers are sharing at an early stage. We will let you know here when this is the case. All members are sent an email with details of how to login in advance of each lecture. Please let the Membership Secretary know if you would like to be added to the list at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Change of speaker. Patrick Davison will not be giving the scheduled talk.
Jewels captured in perpetuity: the jewellery book of Anne of Bavaria
Lecture postponed from 22 March 2022 and 24 January 2023.
In 1843, the Bavarian king Ludwig I (r.1825-1848) gifted an illuminated manuscript – the Kleinodienbuch der Herzogin Anna von Bayern to the Bavarian State Library, containing a pictorial inventory of 71 jewels that belonged to Albrecht V (1528-1579), Duke of Bavaria, and his wife Anna (1528-1590). Only one object survives – a collar of the Order of St George – but the importance of this manuscript is undeniable, revealing much more than written inventories or portraits alone can. This paper considers some of the jewels in their social and historical context.
Greek and Latin inscriptions on Antique Engraved Gems and Rings (Greek, Etruscan, Roman)
Lecture prevented from delivery at the SJH 'Texts' conference by traffic close-down
Inscriptions first appeared on Archaic Greek seals in the middle of the 6th century BC, and later found echo on Etruscan scarabs. Classical and Hellenistic Greek gems, as well as Italic and especially Roman intaglios, inherited from this double epigraphical lineage but diversified the forms and types.
On Graeco-Roman engraved gems and rings, there is a rather wide variety of Greek and Latin inscriptions, which present different configurations (formula, term, abbreviation, initial letter) and epigraphical particularities (crasis, monogram, abbreviation by contraction or suspension, nexus, letters switched, reversed – boustrophedon – or written into each other as so-called ligature). Even more noteworthy, these inscriptions can be classified between very many types of different natures : name of the bearer (duo or tria nomina, diacritic name or ὄνομα, designation referring to some slave or freedman, partial indication of the cursus honorum), dedication, acclamation, commemorative inscription, eulogy, invocation, prayer, addition to the engraved iconographic theme (didascalie), salutation, wish of good omen, prophylactic or apotropaic formula, confirmation of votive gift (ex-voto), loving or friendly motto, marriage and religious symbolism, numeral, trade mark or signature of the engraver, intrinsic function of the gem (seal, gift), legal norm and, finally, combination of ideographic and linguistic elements.
Presenting an overview as exhaustive as possible, the lecture shall bear witness to the wealth of inscriptions on Graeco-Roman gems and rings.
New research on Tuareg jewellery
Pet Bling: Jewelled Animal Accessories in the Late Medieval and Early Modern Period
Jewellery from Anglesey Abbey
For a banquet of vampires: Scottish stones in jewellery
Talking about her own work. TBA
Frances Parton and Dora Thornton
Working with The Goldsmiths' Company Jewellery Collection 1961-2024
Jewellery by Johann Karl and Karl Thomas Bossard, Lucerne, from Historicism to Art Deco
Carolina Beatriz Naya
The treasury of Our Lady of the Pillar
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