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Enheduanna Aayenda Jewelry

A Power Woman narrative celebrating Enheduanna, a Lapis Lazuli jewel excavated in Ur (where she ruled), and a modern Lapis Lazuli jewel by Aayenda JewelryWallace Chan's Pursuer Horse Brooch.

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ENHEDUANNA - FIRST NAMED AUTHOR IN HISTORY

Who the first named author in history? HER name is Enheduanna - second figure from the left! Somehow I had never "met" her until the brilliant @bettany_hughes kindly made the "introduction". She lived in the 23rd century BC in the Sumerian city-state of Ur and was a poet, High Priestess, and first woman to hold the title of EN - an important political role. Her potent presence (and other known royal women who may have similarly composed poetry) sheds some light on female literacy engagement in ancient Mesopotamia. More can be discovered in the book "A Book of Women Poets from Antiquity to Now".

Image source: @pennmuseum the Digital Penn Museum of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

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LAPIS LAZULI & GOLD LEAF NECKLACE 

The Sumerians were enamored with the luxurious import from far off Afghanistan, Lapis Lazuli. It symbolized wealth and/or royalty and served as a high offering to deities in the afterlife. This headdress and necklace, dated around 2600 BC, was excavated from the Royal Cemetery of Ur in Southern Iraq.

Discover this ancient wonder and beyond at @BritishMuseum.

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AAYENDA JEWELRY - FAIR TRADE EARRINGS

The allure of Lapis Lazuli is clearly eternal, with these fine, hand carved stones and gold plated silver drop earrings. In celebration of a continued tradition for artisans in Afghanistan - especially women - Aayenda Jewelry is a fair trade jewelry brand with a special mission: to build markets, improve working conditions and provide full time work for 3000 artisans by 2020. These earrings were designed by Paul Spurgeon in collaboration with 36 Afghan artisans trained by the charity Future Brilliance. Follow the meaningful change @aayenda.jewelry is creating!

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