History of Trophy Engraving

In prehistoric times, the technique of engraving was practiced either on stone or pottery. During the classic period this technique was witnessed in Greek where there were lots of decorations on metal and on walls.

The history of trophy engraving is very diverse and many people used to use this technique to honour their kings, elders, respected people and gods. In Africa, the carvings like those found in the Serengeti plains have proven that man has been engraving since 500,000 years ago.

The Venus of Willendorf, the beautifully carved gemstones called the Cameos found in Egypt and Rome show that the history of trophy engraving cannot be traced from one source only. Up to 1950’s, engraving was still bound to the old conventions and able to conform to the new ideals of avant-garde painting.

Today, engraving has become an academic subject taught by great masters of the art. Almost every continent has its own history of trophy engraving which uses various types of tools ranging from simple to most sophisticated.