Bling Bling Is Back!

Joëlle Rolland PhD has organized a summer exhibition at Gallo-Roman Vesunna Museum in Perigueux, France that documents the archaeological trajectory of the Celtic seamless glass bracelet and the journey that discovered the Masaga glassmakers and their long history making seamless glass bracelets. The first exhibition held at  MuséoParc Alésia, France incorporated the story of the Masaga glassmakers of Bida, Nigeria. See Bling Bling in Bida.

English translation follows:

Temporary exhibition: “Bling-Bling, Gallic glass in complete transparency! ”
 
Category: Agenda
 
This event takes place from July 12, 2022 10:00 to August 31, 2022 10:00.
 
Gallic glass in complete transparency! ”
 
From Monday, July 12 to Sunday, October 30, 2022
 
No extra charge to the museum’s entrance fee
 
Bling-bling is not discreet: it must be known, it must be seen. In other words: it must shine, it must slam! For a Gaul, what better way to show her success, above all material, than a glass jewel? In the footsteps of glass workshops, Bling-bling takes you to discover an ancient civilization, finally close to us by its concerns, and questions our own relationship to adornment. Through the study of materials and techniques, with the collaborations of current craftsmen, this archaeological research reveals the production and use of bracelets and glass beads, from the banks of the Nile to the wrists of the Celts.
 
Didactic panels, touch screens, light effects, video, illustrations punctuate the visitor’s journey.
 
The Bling-Bling exhibition, Gallic glass in complete transparency! Is an adaptation, by the Gallo-Roman Museum Vesunna, of the Bling-Bling exhibition, Gallic glass is displayed! Designed by the MuséoParc Alésia in 2019, then taken over by the Archaeological Museum of Val d’Oise in 2020-2021.
 
Curator: Joëlle Rolland
 
Joëlle Rolland, curator of the exhibition, is a doctor of archaeology from the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. To understand how an apparent seamless glass bracelet was made, she experimented with techniques with contemporary glass craftsmen and carried out work in ethno-archaeology presented in the exhibition. Now a post-doctoral student, associate researcher at UMR 8315 Trajectoire and UMR 7065 IRAMAT, she continues her research on Celtic glass workshops with excavations in the Czech Republic and continues to document glass ornament manufacturing techniques in Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bida in Nigeria.
 

6 thoughts on “Bling Bling Is Back!

    • Great to hear from you! Very special for me to see your name. Yes, it is a wonderful museum and the exhibit of seamless glass bracelets brings all those thousands of years ago to the reality of the present. Thanks for reading!

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