1300 B.C. Who was it that stood in highest regard in Ancient
Mesopotamian society? It was the barber … for it was considered a
sign of extreme personal neglect to allow one’s facial hairs to grow
willy nilly about one’s cheeks and chin and neck. Fact is … when one
died … one was shaved quite neatly in order to enter one’s grave in
a state of utter elegance. The concept of meeting one’s maker in a
disheveled manner clearly did not sit well with the social mores of
And if one entered one’s final resting place clean-shaven … did it
not stand to reason one would also enhance one’s appearance with fine
clothes … perfumed … and bejeweled? Going back as far as 30,000
B.C. the graves of both men and women have been found strewn with
jewelry … pendants and bracelets and necklaces.
Obsidian beads over 7000 years old were found in Iraq with holes
drilled through so fine that the mind is baffled even today at the
technology these ancient people used in order to accomplish this
From China to Afghanistan to the ancient Death Pits at Ur … beaded
jewelry pervaded a world where one strutted proudly amongst one’s
friends with the latest bauble about one’s neck. Hey … Sheherizad
… you like this beaded necklace Abdul gave me for my birthday? Such
a sweet man. He knows how to treat a lady.
Sadie and Mary and Yakhdun and Narimsin … they all wore beads.
Whatsa matter? You all thought beads were the product of a modern
age? Nay nay. Beads have been around awhile hunnie bunnies.
Mesopotamia … the land between the rivers … gave birth to much
beauty in the form of beaded jewelry and hammered gold. I have an
image of a representation of such a piece. Wanna see?
For those of you who are new to this thing called Tidbits…may I
direct you to my home page at www.tyler-adam.com where you will
scroll down the left side menu till you get to the area that says
Tidbits Graphics … and then click on the link that says:
Mesopotamia for a view of a classic portrayal of a time long gone
And there ya have it.
That’s it for this week folks.
Catch you all next week.