Sunday, July 17, 2011

Books on Oriental Jewellery

This is a selection of titles from our collection of books on Oriental jewellery:

Old Javanese Gold: The Hunter Thompson Collection at the Yale University Art Gallery by John Miksic. While ancient Javanese bronze and ironwork have long elicited interest, there is a lesser-known yet equally fascinating aspect of the Indonesian island's history: gold artefacts, including jewellery, clothing accessories, statues, coins, and containers. Not only do these objects display exceptional craftsmanship, they also provide a significant source of information on Javanese society, culture, religion, economy, technology, and art from the 1st century BCE to 1500. This revised and expanded edition of the 1990 publication Old Javanese Gold celebrates Valerie and Hunter Thompson's 2007 gift of Javanese gold objects to the Yale University Art Gallery and the subsequent founding of the Department of Indo-Pacific Art. Along with entirely new photography and a fresh design, the book's essays have been updated to incorporate recent discoveries-including the Wonoboyo hoard, one of the most important gold hoards ever excavated in Southeast Asia.
Jewellery from the Orient: Treasures from the Bir Collection by Wolf-Dieter Seiwert. Jewellery sets off beauty and reveals wealth. Traditional Oriental vernacular jewellery has, moreover, a magical function. It attracts heavenly blessings and wards off evil. On his extensive travels throughout the Orient, Dr Bir amassed one of the world's largest private collections of traditional jewellery. Over 400 illustrations reproducing more than 750 objects as well as a rich store of maps to enable readers to place pieces by region make this encounter with the fascinating world of traditional Oriental vernacular jewellery a memorably exciting adventure. With bibliography and index.
Beads of Borneo by Heidi Munan. For centuries, beads have played a vital role in the cultures of various peoples in Borneo. The beauty, mystique and variety of beads and bead cultures there are examined in this richly-illustrated volume. This book traces the history of the bead trade, the use of beads as jewellery and in costume, their religious and social significance, and the modern trends in bead use and design in Sabah, Sarawak and Kalimantan.
Indian Silver by S.K. Pathak. Indian Silver is the story of a metal that has the glitter and finesse of gold, and in India, its greater affordability may well give it an edge over gold. Here, for the first time under the covers of one book, all aspects and uses of silver in India are brought together, from the history and techniques of making silver items to the prized objects themselves, from jewellery to coins to modern utility items. In the process, the book brings out India's continuing fascination with silver objects, as reflected in palaces, museums, private collections, and even in ordinary Indian homes.
Inspired Jewelry from the Museum of Arts and Design by Ursula Ilse-Neuman. This book features selected pieces of art jewellery from the Museum of Arts and Design's internationally renowned collection. It was published to celebrate the opening of the Museum's new home on Columbus Circle and the inauguration of the Tiffany & Co. Foundation Jewelry Gallery.

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