Gold Jewellery of the Indonesian Archipelago

Gold Jewellery of the Indonesian Archipelago

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Gold Jewellery of the Indonesian Archipelago features more than 700 unpublished masterpieces from the tribal, ethnic and courtly gold body adornment traditions of Indonesias outer islands Sumatra, Sulawesi, the Lesser Sundas and Southeast Maluku. Made available by the Mandala Foundation in Singapore, these pieces date from the 4th to the 20th century, and many are completely unknown, extremely rare and of high quality. This is the first major book on the gold jewellery of the Indonesian archipelago in more than 25 years. Authors Anne Richter and Bruce W. Carpenter, aided by Mandala Foundation curator Achim Sibeth and David A. Henkel, weave together the latest research with historical photos, illustrations and their knowledge of the history, culture, art and mythology of the region to produce a groundbreaking new book that thrusts the virtuoso gold work of Indonesia into the international spotlight.GOLD. D. escribed as a belt of emeralds strung 5, 000 km across the equator, most of the more than 17, 500 islands that ... does not always correspond to the Western concept of jewellery as a means of decorating the body to convey the wealth, power and beauty of the wearer. ... The second tradition is that of the coastal societies, usually situated on strategic harbours and rivers. ... Jewellery of both the Outer Islands and the interior often displays cosmopolitan techniques and motifs.

Title:Gold Jewellery of the Indonesian Archipelago
Author: Anne Richter, Bruce W. Carpenter, Bruce Carpenter, Jorg Sundermann
Publisher:Editions Didier Millet - 2012

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