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Traditional Jewelry of India
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Oppi Untracht
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Traditional Jewelry of India

Oppi Untracht


Thames & Hudson

Precious metal & precious stones: artworks & design;
Industrial: Commercial Art & Design;
Cultural studies;
Jewellery & beadcraft


432 pages

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The triumphant result of more than 35 years of research, this sumptuous book is a comprehensive presentation of one of the greatest of the world's jewelry traditions. The stunning display of individual ornaments is supplemented by full documentation of hundreds of pieces. More than 5,000 years of the development of personal ornament are traced, as major themes, variations on basic forms, the use of gemstones, and cross-cultural influences are analysed and comprehensively illustrated. Alongside form and technique, the influences of myth and religion, social structure, economics and politics illuminate the context in which jewelry of exquisite beauty and great originality has been created.

By:   Oppi Untracht
Imprint:   Thames & Hudson
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 285mm,  Width: 230mm,  Spine: 25mm
Weight:   1.880kg
ISBN:   9780500287491
ISBN 10:   050028749X
Pages:   432
Publication Date:   August 2008
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Preface * 1. Origins: Early Ornament * 2. Formulating the Indian Jewelry Tradition * 3. Indian Jewelry Typology: From Head to Toe * 4. Gold and Silver: Makers' Means, Users' Obsession * 5. Gemstones * 6. The Mughal Jewelry Tradition * 7. Euro-Indian and Indo-European Jewelry: A Cross-Cultural Exchange * Epilogue * Traditional Indian Jewelers' Tools and Materials: Vernacular Terms

'Unrivalled in its scope' - Birmingham Post 'An excellent sourcebook for jewelry and silversmithing students' - Antiques Bulletin 'The most comprehensive work in its field ... superlative' - Asian Affairs

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