- ISBN 9780500287491
- 28.50 x 23.00 cm
- Paperback with flaps
- 870 Illustrations, 220 in colour
- First published 2008
‘The most comprehensive work in its field … superlative’ – Asian Affairs
‘An excellent sourcebook for jewelry and silversmithing students’– Antiques Bulletin
‘Unrivalled in its scope’– The Birmingham Post
The triumphant result of more than thirty-five years of research into every conceivable aspect of the subject, this survey is the most comprehensive presentation available of one of the great jewelry traditions.
Not just a sumptuous visual display and documentation of hundreds of pieces, the book describes the intimate relationship between the jewelry and the lives of people of India. The influence of myth and religion, social structure, economics and politics all illuminate the context in which jewelry of exquisite beauty 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.