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Emerald

Gordon Campbell

in Oxford Art Online


Published online October 2008 | e-ISBN: 9781884446054 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/gao/9781884446054.article.T2071907

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Green variety of Beryl, mined in Upper Egypt and India from antiquity and in Colombia both before and after the Spanish Conquest. Nero is said to have watched gladiatorial contests through an emerald. The two best-known emeralds are the Devonshire Emerald (London, Nat. Hist. Mus.) and the Patricia Emerald (New York, Amer. Mus. Nat. Hist.). The most famous historical emeralds are the 453 emeralds (totalling ...

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Subjects: Fashion, Jewellery, and Body Art ; African Art (Sub-Saharan) ; Latin American and Caribbean Art ; South and Southeast Asian Art ; Art of the Middle East and North Africa

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