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Desert Jewels: North African Jewelry and Photography from the Xavier Guerrand-Hermes Collection [Paperback]

Kristyne Loughran , Cynthia Becker
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25 April 2009
"Desert Jewels" presents a superb collection of jewelry from Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Egypt, along with late nineteenth - and early twentieth century photographs of North African landscapes, urban scenes, and portraits. The book blends a careful analysis of traditional North African jewelry design and Amazigh (also known as Berber) culture with dazzling images of ornate necklaces, bracelets, rings, earrings, and fibulae. Kristyne Loughran's essay, "Jewels in the Dust," shows North African jewelry - ornate, colorful, and heavy - as an expression of the cultural diversity of North Africa and the mingling of its many peoples. In "The History of Photography in North Africa," Cynthia Becker discusses how at the end of the nineteenth century, when archaeological monuments in North Africa were being explored, several prominent European photographers captured the landscapes and people of this region. Many of the images were used in postcards, while others remained hidden in little known collections. Kristyne Loughran is an independent scholar in Florence, Italy, and co-author of "Art of Being Tuareg: Sahara Nomads in a Modern World". Cynthia Becker is assistant professor of art history at Boston University. She is the author of "Amazigh Arts in Morocco: Women Shaping Berber Identity".

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  • Paperback: 95 pages
  • Publisher: Museum for African Art,U.S. (25 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0945802528
  • ISBN-13: 978-0945802525
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 23.8 x 0.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 862,358 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 22 Mar 2010
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Nice book, pictures are a to big a size, so there are not many in the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book ! 5 Feb 2010
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The photos of the jewelry are great, really unusual .
The second part, showing the Hermes photo collection is not so great. Could be the book's layout that detracts from what must be a fabulous collection.
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