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a superficial survey giving little system
on 2 September 2013
A rare attempt to comprise the whole history of jewelry, however featuring just document studies and sporadic large-format illustrations that casts too little light on symbols, patterns and decor underlying the essence of any design. A casual reading that may suggest some ideas but gives very few clues for real research. E.g. the Mughal Jewellery(!) section covers only 2 pages and 4 photos, giving no essential terminology (like obligatory "kundan", "meenakari", "jadau" etc.) Good for beginners, inane for professionals.