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Since its publication in 1987, The History of Beads has become the world's definitive guide for bead lovers, collectors, and scholars. In this new edition, bead expert Lois Sherr Dubin updates all chapters with the latest archeological discoveries, opens a new chapter on contemporary adornment since the 1980s, with a focus on glass beads, and best of all, adds 200 beads to what is considered by many to be the piece de resistance: the eight-page gatefold timeline that guides readers through the remarkably rich ...

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Overview

Since its publication in 1987, The History of Beads has become the world's definitive guide for bead lovers, collectors, and scholars. In this new edition, bead expert Lois Sherr Dubin updates all chapters with the latest archeological discoveries, opens a new chapter on contemporary adornment since the 1980s, with a focus on glass beads, and best of all, adds 200 beads to what is considered by many to be the piece de resistance: the eight-page gatefold timeline that guides readers through the remarkably rich history of the world's first form of adornment.

The latest revisions include the oldest bead ever discovered, dating to 108,000 b.c. and explain why beads worn on the human body were the original media communication system. Updates include the numerous maps scattered throughout, which have been modernized and are now in color; 72 formerly black-and-white images have been replaced with full color; and 125 new photographs were added to this edition. Beautifully packaged with a new cover, this revised and expanded edition is a must-have for devotees of the first edition and for the next generation of bead obsessives and aficionados.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810951747
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/1/2009
  • Edition description: Revised and Expanded
  • Pages: 396
  • Sales rank: 717,907
  • Product dimensions: 9.28 (w) x 11.86 (h) x 1.27 (d)

Meet the Author


Lois Sherr Dubin has collected and researched beads for over 50 years. She 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. She lives in New York City.

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Table of Contents

Foreword 9
Acknowledgments 13
Introduction: Why a Book on Beads 17
The Beginnings 21
Antiquity: From Neolithic Times to the Roman Empire 29
Europe: The Late Roman Empire to the Renaissance 65
Prayer Beads 79
The World of Islam 93
The Age of European Expansion 101
Africa 119
The Far East: China, Korea, and Japan 153
India 181
Central Asia 201
Southeast Asia and the South Pacific 223
Middle and South America 245
North America 261
The Special Beads: Amber and Pearls 291
The Magical Eye Bead 307
The Twentieth Century: Europe and North America 315
Bead Chart: A Time Line of Bead History 328
Bead Shape Table 342
Glossary 344
Notes 345
Bibliography 350
Index 356
Photography Credits and Bead Chart Credits 364
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2011

    Recommend

    Wonderfully illustrated book! Historical accuracy questionable.

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  • Posted December 29, 2009

    It is a beautiful book!

    I'm a beader making my own jewelry and I love to learn about the history of the beads I use. I can use the book as a reference to tell my customers a little history and background of the beads. They like to hear the "story" of their piece of jewelry.

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