Both the Bronze Ring and the Incised Image are
The art of jewelry-making originated in
prehistoric times when primitive people used
objects from the animal world—such as horn,
shell, and feathers—to adorn themselves. Cave
paintings and carvings show figures decorated
with bracelets, necklaces, and headdresses.
Since then many forms of jewelry have evolved,
so that there is hardly a part of the body for
which an ornamental form has not been created.
Arms and legs have been festooned variously
with bracelets, rings, shoe buckles, and ankle
bracelets; the head with tiaras, earrings, and
combs; and the chest and neck with broaches,
necklaces, belts, and breastplates. Traditionally
jewelry has been a sign of social rank and a
symbol, often of luck or good fortune.