Past Exhibitions

The Gold of Troy: Ancient Jewelry from the Penn Museum Collection

December 19, 2009 - February 21, 2010

This exhibition features 20 pieces of fine ancient women's jewelry exemplary of Trojan craftsmanship.

Regarded as one of the world's most spectacular archaeological finds, the discovery of the Gold of Troy confirmed the existence of the flourishing pre-classical civilization and its legendary treasure.

Excavated between 1870-1873 by German businessman-turned-archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann, the hoards of treasure included thousands of gold and semi-precious stone objects dating to 2500 BC, pre-dating the famous Trojan and Greek war described by Homer in his epic the Iliad by over one thousand years. Their age and style indicate they were likely discovered at Troy, home of the most famous treasure ever to be unearthed.


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