A World of Earrings: Africa, Asia, America (Ghysels Collection)

4.83 avg rating
( 6 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9788881189731: A World of Earrings: Africa, Asia, America (Ghysels Collection)
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

This second volume of a multi-volume series on the Gbysels collection -- probably the most comprehensive and beautiful collection of ethnic jewelry in the world -- presents nearly 800 extraordinary objects, most of which have never been shown to the public before, coming from Africa, Asia and America.

Since time immemorial, earrings have been a means of seduction for women. Craftsmen the world over have set their imaginations to work, using every available material. Firstly they used flowers and grass, feathers and horns, wood, shells, and ivory. Mines and alluvional deposits offered stones and metals. Bold travellers and adventurous sailors set off in search of exotic goods.

Their symbolism is also rich and complex: for the Kikuyu tribe in Kenya, a person's prestige is measured by the number of ear ornaments, as long as their lobes can stand without tearing. Statues of Buddha show him with long ears. In the archipelagos of Indonesia, the suitor's family offers earrings to seal an alliance. Leather earrings with pearls are a sign of a married woman's status for Masai. In the Philippines and among the Naga headhunters, the men's hunting exploits and prowess as warriors are embodied in the jewellery theywear on their ears.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Buy New View Book
List Price: US$ 75.00
US$ 487.50

Convert currency

Shipping: US$ 4.99
Within U.S.A.

Destination, rates & speeds

Add to Basket

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Van Cutsem, Anne
Published by Skira
ISBN 10: 8881189739 ISBN 13: 9788881189731
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Cloud 9 Books
(Wellington, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Skira. Hardcover. Condition: New. 8881189739 New Condition. Seller Inventory # NEW7.0850756

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 487.50
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

2.

Anne Van Cutsem
Published by Skira (2001)
ISBN 10: 8881189739 ISBN 13: 9788881189731
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Portland, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Skira, 2001. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M8881189739

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 573.75
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.27
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds