Wow! I had no idea that cloisonne was done that early. Got any
pics to go with that?
Jo, since this was from an abstract of a paper to be
given in June, there are no pictures. In the abstract is the e-mail
address of the major author, Alice Paterakis [alicepaterakis at
yahoo.com]. You could try contacting her in July, after the
conference, for a picture or for where the paper will be published.
Cloisonne was done even earlier, around 2500 BC. As P. R.S Moorey
says, "Already in the Ur royal tombs cloisons were soldered to a
base-plate to form cells for inlay on finger-rings.." (p. 229, in
Ancient Mesopotamian Materials and Industries. primary references
there). A photo of silver hair ornaments from these tombs,
terminating in inlaid flowers, can be found on p. 106 of Treasures
from the Royal Tombs of Ur, edited by R. L. Zettler and Lee Horne.
At this early time, before the use of enamels, the inlays were
usually stone (lapis; carnelian) or shell.