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Traditional Jewelry Of India.

Untracht, Oppi.

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ISBN 10: 050028749X / ISBN 13: 9780500287491
Published by Thames and Hudson Lond, London
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432 pages. Softcover. New book. INDIA. The triumphant result of more than thirty-five years of research into every conceivable aspect of the subject, this survey is the most comprehensive presentation available of one of the great jewelry traditions. Not just a sumptuous visual display and documentation of hundreds of pieces, the book describes the intimate relationship between the jewelry and the lives of people of India. The influence of myth and religion, social structure, economics and politics all illuminate the context in which jewelry of exquisite beauty has been created. The more than 800 illustrations are drawn from sources all over the world. Exquisite photographs of individual ornaments are juxtaposed with others showing how they are made, who wears them and on what occasions. Revealing line drawings depict traditional design forms and techniques. Complete with a comprehensive bibliography and an invaluable list of comparative vernacular terms for Indian jewelers' tools and materials, this encyclopaedic and beautiful volume will be essential for anyone with an interest in jewelry, ornament or the rich cultural heritage of India. 'The most comprehensive work in its field É superlative' - Asian Affairs 'An excellent sourcebook for jewelry and silversmithing students' - Antiques Bulletin 'Unrivalled in its scope' - The Birmingham Post (Key Words: Indian Jewelry, Oppi Untracht, India). Bookseller Inventory # 66734X2

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Title: Traditional Jewelry Of India.

Publisher: Thames and Hudson Lond, London

Binding: Softcover

Book Condition:New

Edition: Reprint Edition..

Book Type: book

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"A wondrous collection of data and visuals documenting 5,000 continuous years of jewelry design." —Booklist

This comprehensive survey combines a sumptuous display and documentation of hundreds of pieces of jewelry with an illuminating discussion of how myth, religion, social structure, economics, and politics have influenced jewelry design in India.

The book encompasses every area of the country, from sophisticated urban enclaves to isolated ethnic communities. Beginning with Paleothic body ornaments, the author goes on to identify the emergence of major traditional forms, such as amulets, rosaries, marriage ornaments, temple jewelry, theatrical jewelry, and adornment for animals. The illustrations are drawn from public and private collections around the world, and line drawings depict traditional design forms and techniques. 870 illustrations, 220 in color.

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Oppi Untracht lives in Finland and lectures and writes on traditional Indian jewelry and culture.

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