As a symbol of fertility and the chthonic world ruled by the naga, the primordial
dragon of most Southeast Asian myths of origin make such a conclusion
reasonable. Representations of snakes and naga, even in jewellery produced by
Author: Bruce W. Carpenter
Publisher: Editions Didier Millet
Ethnic Jewellery from Indonesia: Continuity, Creativity and Evolution is a compelling introduction to the little known visual power and beauty of the body adornments used by the myriad peoples of Indonesia's outer islands, including Sumatra, Borneo, Sulawesi, Sumba and Maluku. Illustrated with more than 500 rare pieces that have been accumulated since the 1970s by collector Manfred Giehmann, the book explores the depth and breadth of an ancient and magnificent tradition, revealing the fruits of careful documentation that has taken place over a period of decades. It will provide information on the origin, meaning and purpose of the jewellery items, as well as unique insights into the people who crafted and wore the jewellery for ritual or ceremonial functions. Ethnic Jewellery: Continuity, Creativity and Evolution is a definitive work on the subject and a testimony to the greatness of a fast-disappearing Indonesian tradition.
Indian Jewellery The most sumptuous of all Asian jewellery was that created for
the Mughal rulers in India . Jewellery had been fashionable in India from ancient
times as evidenced by the elaborate necklaces and other ornaments carved in ...
Author: Lark E. Mason
Publisher: Antique Collectors Club Limited
A specialist in Asian art at Sotheby's, Mason presents a very useful introduction to a complicated subject. He begins with an essay on the history of Asia, which despite its brevity will be useful for the collector targeted by this book. Individual chapters range from ceramics and metalwork to prints, paintings, and textiles; the chapter on "The Artisan and Craftsman" examines the quality, condition, and authenticity of works in areas such as arms, armor, glass, ivory, and jewelry. The book contains appendixes of chronological tables and major marks on Chinese and Japanese works of art, as well as an index and a fine bibliography. The narrative does not confuse readers new to the subject with excessive detail, and the photographs are clear and very instructive. A beautiful book at a reasonable price, this volume contains an amazing wealth of information on a very broad subject. Recommended for both public and academic libraries.-Martin Chasin, Adult Inst., Bridgeport, CT Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Thus, to take an example, advertisements for jewellery, watches, and accessories
allmake visual use of natural elements, such as sea,sand, rocks, flowers,
andplants with accompanying colour impressions, andin so doing set off
Author: Ole Bruun
This highly acclaimed, 'bold and refreshing' collection of essays takes a critical look at Asians' perception of their natural environments as well as at Western views of Asia in this respect.