The triumphant result of more than 35 years of research, this sumptuous book is a comprehensive presentation of one of the greatest of the world's jewelry traditions.
The stunning display of individual ornaments is supplemented by full documentation of hundreds of pieces. More than 5,000 years of the development of personal ornament are traced, as major themes, variations on basic forms, the use of gemstones, and cross-cultural influences are analysed and comprehensively illustrated.
Alongside form and technique, the influences of myth and religion, social structure, economics and politics illuminate the context in which jewelry of exquisite beauty and great originality 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.