The essays found within Jewels of Ancient Nubia explore the breadth of ancient of Nubian civilization — from the distant prehistoric past (c. 3500 BCE) to the collapse of the Kingdom of Meroë (c. 350 CE) — with special focus given to artistic development.
Among the essays, we found “The Kingdom of Kerma” to be quite rewarding. From 1700-1550 BCE — a period designated by historians and archaeologists as “Classic Kerma” — Kerma was a dynamic urban center in Lower Nubia, enriched by trade with Egypt and the Red Sea coast. Artisans of this epoch utilized a fascinating range of materials for their color, texture, luster, and symbolic significance. The sheer variety and tantalizing iconography of the objects from Kerma is visually striking.