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Splendor of Ethnic Jewelry: From the Colette and Jean Pierre Ghysels Collection
     

Splendor of Ethnic Jewelry: From the Colette and Jean Pierre Ghysels Collection

by France Borel (Text by), John Bigelow Taylor (Photographer), I. Mark Paris (Translator), John Bigelow Taylor (Photographer)
 
"If all the ethnic jewelry exhibitions of the last 20 years were assembled together, one would have an approximation of the Ghysels Collection.... This must be in the library of anyone serious about jewelry."—Ornament

"A magnificent array ... will provide inspiration for designers and pleasures for students of ethnic cultures." —Library Journal

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"If all the ethnic jewelry exhibitions of the last 20 years were assembled together, one would have an approximation of the Ghysels Collection.... This must be in the library of anyone serious about jewelry."—Ornament

"A magnificent array ... will provide inspiration for designers and pleasures for students of ethnic cultures." —Library Journal

This book documents—in stunning color photographs—one of the premier collections of ethnic jewelry in the world. Among the 400 illustrations are pieces from every corner of the globe—and the range of materials used, forms, and craft techniques is truly astonishing.

Author Biography: France Borel is director of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Art Visuel de la Cambre in Brussels.

John Bigelow Taylor is one of the world's foremost photographers of art. He is the photographer of Abrams' The Currency of Fame and The Cycladic Spirit, among other books.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Over 30 years in the making, the Ghysels Collection of ethnic jewelry here yields a magnificent array of over 400 pieces of jewelry, ranging from the elaborate extravagance of Central Asian headdresses to the stark simplicity of Solomon Islands chest pendants. Art historian Borel's gracefully written essay describes the universality of the desire to ornament the body, as seen in the cultures of Africa, Asia, Oceania, and the Americas. Captions describing the provenance and use of each piece accompany the luminous photographs. The jewelry pieces are not pictured as actually worn but are appreciated as objects of art. This beautifully executed volume will provide inspiration for designers and pleasures for students of ethnic cultures. Recommended for large decorative arts collections.-Therese Duzinkiewicz Baker, Western Kentucky Univ. Libs., Bowling Green
Barbara Jacobs
It is through wonderfully composed color photographs, enhanced by text, that the body decorations of cultures from around the world come to life here. Curator-scholar Borel concentrates on the materials, the cultural imagery, and the meaning of jewelry worn by peoples in Africa, Asia, Oceania, and the Americas. The impressions are indelible: Brazilian men tossing around a certain colorful, feathered "akangitat", or headdress, during special ceremonies, Sudanese women with spiked silver bracelets for self-protection, and amulet cases with carnelian, worn at the waist to ease the pain of childbirth.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810944534
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
09/05/1994
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
9.50(w) x 11.50(h) x 1.25(d)

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