Thursday, 9 August 2012

Traditional Jewellery of India - Review

ISBN 13: 9780500287491 ISBN 10: 050028749X

This is a very well researched and interesting book, as you would expect from Oppi Untracht. The main focus is on tribal jewellery, with specific notes on the construction, meaning and evolution. There are many pictures throughout, both black/white and colour as well as schematic drawings. Perhaps could have dated some of the images better as it isn't clear if the 'traditional' items shown are just from the last two centuries or are older.

For anyone with an interest in tribal jewellery this book is a must. If you are interested in medieval jewellery from the Indian sub-continent this book provides great information on construction and tradition but has comparatively few images prior to 1600 CE.

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