Foreword by Robert K. Liu • Introduction: Why a Book on Beads? • The Beginnings • Antiquity: From Neolithic Times to the Roman Empire • Europe: The Late Roman Empire to the Renaissance • Prayer Beads • The World of Islam • The Age of European Expansion • Africa • The Far East: China, Korea and Japan • India • Central Asia • Southeast Asia and the South Pacific • Middle and South America • North America • The Special Beads: Amber and Pearls • The Magical Eye Bead • Contemporary: Europe and North America • Bead Shape Table • A Timeline of Bead History • Timeline: Key • Timeline: Glossary
About the Author
Lois Sherr Dubin graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in landscape architecture and a strong background in ecology. Her international practice in this field enabled her to travel widely and to obtain beads from many countries. The History of Beads was her first book, the result of more than 30 years of research, collecting and lecturing on beads.
Kiyoshi Togashi is an award winning New York based photographer, who specializes in graphic and elegant photographs for top food, botanicals & still life clients.