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Folk jewelry of the world
Daniëls, Ger.
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Uniform Title:
Schmuckformen der Völker. English
Publication Information:
New York : Rizzoli, 1989.
Physical Description:
200 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 34 cm
General Note:
Translation of: Schmuckformen der Völker.
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NK4890.E86 D3613 1989 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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A survey of ethnic jewelry from the end of the 19th century to the present. Fine illustrations (241 color) were hand-drawn by the author using as models museum pieces, photos, and jewelry that is still worn as part of traditional costume. Virtually all types of jewelry are represented: brooches, pendants, and ear and nose rings, ornate headdresses and breastplates, belts and bags, as well as shell and beadwork. Of special interest is the similarity of designs, motifs, and symbols among peoples of different regions who before this century had no known contact. A lovely book. 9.5x13". Annotation(c) 2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Dutch artist Daniels here adopts a refreshingly different approach to folk art: surveying ethnic jewelry of past and present from around the globe, he invokes a delicate vision in over 200 paintings, displaying finery ranging from that adorning an Indian elephant, who lumbers about burdened by necklaces and ankle bracelets, to the blazingly bright, fantastic feather headdresses of Papua New Guinea natives. The painter's attention to those who wear the jewelry offers a sense of cultural context: an Oriental woman bearing a jewelled hairpiece suggests circumspect fragility; a Turkish bride, hidden in heavily embroidered scarlet robes and veils, seems like a cherished but strangely lifeless possession. Daniels supplements portraits of warriors, tribesmen, nobles and peasants with close-up views of their earrings, brooches, finely crafted weapons, and provides for each illustration a textual note explaining what the jewelry is made of and what purpose--social or religious--is served. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved