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Synopsis: Some of the oldest civilizations in the world originated along the fertile banks of the Nile, Tigris and Euphrates rivers, and the countries of the Middle East and North Africa have been cultural melting pots ever since. The trade routes adopted by the region’s nomads linked colorful cultures and time-long traditions like so many beads on a string. And indeed it is in the region’s jewelery that its many-layered history of tribes and empires, nomads and
villagers is perhaps best seen. From an archaeological point of view, decorative details and motifs can be traced back centuries, sometimes even millennia. This book, Desert Silver, explores the social, economic and
religious background of this jewelery.
The traditional silver jewelery of the region combines a variety of aspects of desert life. As the unalienable property of a woman, it has practical, economic value; it serves as a social indicator and reveals where the wearer comes from, how rich she is and her status as a wife and mother. Perhaps more importantly it is frequently worn as a powerful amulet. Jewelery plays a subtle role in everyday society as communicator, messenger and bank account, and all of these aspects are discussed in the book and illustrated with rich examples, from Palestinian wedding necklaces made from fragrant cloves to the brightly enamelled bracelets of the Maghreb.
The different functions fulfilled by jewelery are rooted deep within society, so changes within that society inevitably impact its jewellery. Now that traditional societies are changing fast, what does the future hold for the traditional silver jewellery of the Middle East and North Africa, jewelery that has remained unchanged for centuries?
About the Author: Sigrid van Roode is a heritage management consultant and an expert in traditional jewelry from the Middle East and North Africa. For nearly 15 years, she has been studying traditional jewelry. She is the author of two books for children on Egypt and Oman, as well as of several publications on heritage management and archaeology. Sigrid lectures on traditional jewelry, richly illustrated with both colorful photographs and original pieces. In addition, she provides consultancy to museums on items of nomadic, tribal and traditional silver jewelry from the Middle East and North Africa in their collections. Upon request she researches background information on collections or individual pieces and provides exhibitions with a selection of jewelry. Her field of consultancy, in which she is a Marie Curie Research Fellow, focuses on drawing sustainable policies for heritage sites, including legal and financial implications as well as embedding the sites in a wider cultural context.
Title: Desert Silver: Nomadic and Traditional ...
Publisher: KIT Publishers
Publication Date: 2011
Book Condition: very good
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