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Asian Jewellery: Ethnic Rings, Bracelets, Necklaces, Earrings, Belts, Head Ornaments from the Ghysels Collection [Hardcover]

Bérénice Geoffroy-Schneiter

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5 Mar 2012
The ultimate reference book on the ethnic jewellery of Asian peoples. A comprehensive picture of jewellery beginning with prehistory and continuing into the 20th century with the works of contemporary designers. Ivory, beads, leather, shells, enamel work, precious metals, and stones, alone or in combination, are all illustrated throughout. Pieces chosen for their exceptional quality and historical importance, through wonderfully composed photographs, come to life here. It is rare for jewellery to have a solely aesthetic purpose, for above all it is anchored in the social, religious and political contexts that lend it meaning. Differing attitudes are explained by the function assigned to jewellery in the traditional societies from which the examples in the book are drawn.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Great photos, not much information 23 May 2012
By Frederic - Published on Amazon.com
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This is essentially a coffee-table book, with over 250 pages of full-page photographs (basically all in color, although some are effectively grey-scale) of pieces drawn from across Asia. There's a 10-page introduction, 2 maps, and about 10 pages of very brief captions - the latter at the back, keyed by page numbers; the photos are uninterrupted by text. The volume documents the collection of Belgian Colette Ghysels, wife of sculptor Jean-Pierre Ghysels, apparently acquired through both travel and European markets. Its main utility is probably showing the range of Asian styles, perhaps for getting someone interested in the topic, but there is little or no new information for collectors here. Just nice photos.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book 14 Sep 2013
By Sally E. Mosher - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a wonderful book. The full page photos are magnificent, and there is enough information in the individual listings in the back. For me, full gorgeous pages in color are preferable to a combination of printed explanations with smaller photos. I have a very extensive jewelry reference library, have lectured and taught history of jewelry, and have designed jewels as well. This is a happy addition to my library, and contains jewels from places like Saudi Arabia which are not generally so well represented.
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3.0 out of 5 stars nice pictures 28 May 2014
By joyita - Published on Amazon.com
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Good books, but the pictures are the same as in the collection of Skira books "A world of..." which I already have. So If you already have this books, you don't need to buy this one.
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful pieces. 11 Aug 2014
By Eloisa M. Szanto - Published on Amazon.com
A must have book on asian ethnic jewelry. High quality photos, wonderful pieces.
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