Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Books on Jewellery

This is a selection of recent additions to our collection of books on jewellery:

Gold Jewellery of the Indonesian Archipelago by Anne Richter and Bruce Carpenter. Gold Jewellery of the Indonesian Archipelago features more than 700 unpublished masterpieces from the tribal, ethnic and courtly gold body adornment traditions of Indonesia's outer islands - Sumatra, Sulawesi, the Lesser Sundas and Southeast Maluku. Made available by the Mandala Foundation in Singapore, these pieces date from the 4th to the 20th century, and many are completely unknown, extremely rare and of high quality. This is the first major book on the gold jewellery of the Indonesian archipelago in more than 25 years. Authors Anne Richter and Bruce W. Carpenter, aided by Mandala Foundation curator Achim Sibeth and David A. Henkel, weave together the latest research with historical photos, illustrations and their knowledge of the history, culture, art and mythology of the region to produce a groundbreaking new book that thrusts the virtuoso gold work of Indonesia into the international spotlight.

Ethnic Jewellery from Indonesia: Continuity and Evolution by Bruce Carpenter, A. J. Guerreiro and P. Heurtault. Ethnic Jewellery from Indonesia: Continuity and Evolution is a compelling introduction to the little-known and visually-powerful body adornments of the ethnic peoples of Indonesia's outer islands, including Sumatra, Borneo, Sulawesi, Sumba and Maluku. The history of the jewellery is told from the perspective of the materials used, including gold, silver, brass, ivory, shell and animal teeth. Illustrated with nearly 600 photographs of rare jewellery amassed over 30 years by collector Manfred Giehmann, this book explores the depth and breadth of an ancient and magnificent tradition of the Indonesian people. It will provide information on the origin, meaning and purpose of the jewellery, as well as unique insights into the people who crafted and wore the jewellery for ritual or ceremonial functions. Ethnic Jewellery: Continuity and Evolution is a definitive work on the subject and a testimony to the living traditions of cultures usually shrouded in mystery.

Turkmen Jewelry: Silver Ornaments from the Marshall and Marilyn R. Wolf Collection by Layla S. Diba. The Turkmen people of Central Asia and Iran are revered for their carpets and textiles. Less well known, but equally stunning, is the extraordinary silver jewellery created by Turkmen tribal craftsmen and urban silversmiths throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries. This catalogue presents nearly two hundred pieces in glorious detail, ranging from crowns and headdresses to armbands and rings, and featuring accents of carnelian, turquoise, and other stones. Characterised by elegant form, geometric shapes, and delicate openwork, Turkmen jewellery has typically been viewed through an ethnographic rather than an aesthetic lens. By highlighting these objects-which come from one of the most significant private collections of Turkmen ornaments in the world-and placing them in the larger context of Islamic art, this groundbreaking publication elevates the vibrant, monumental pieces from folk art to fine art.

The Jewelry of Southeast Asia by Anne Richter. A softback and shorter edition of the 2000 study of the Jewelry of Southeast Asia. After an introductory summary on the styles production and functions of jewelry in Southeast Asian countries over 350 items are illustrated in colour with explanatory notes. The remarkable range and variety of the jewelry indicate how since earliest times personal adornment has been part of daily life and has enhanced and adorned the royal courts and other power groups in Burma, Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines and the Chinese diasporic communities. With map, bibliography, notes no materials and techniques, and index.

Jewellery from the Orient: Treasures from the Bir Collection by Seiwert Wolf-Dieter. 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.

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