Jewelry Ancient Paleolithic Bronze Age Egypt Etruscan Roman Islamic 25,000 Years #7873
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This opulent book reaches back 25,000 years to trace the history of jewelry from the Paleolithic era to the present day. Drawn from the extensive holdings of the Staatliche Museen in Berlin, this collection of jewelry through the ages links cultures and eras to show how the design, wearing, and collecting of personal adornment has evolved over the ages.

25,000 Years of Jewelry by Maren Eichhorn-Johannsen, Adelheid Rasche, Astrid Bahr, and Svenia Schneider.

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DESCRIPTION:  Hardcover with dustjacket.  Publisher: Prestel (2013).  Pages: 384.  Size:  12¼ x 9½ inches; 5¾ pounds..  This opulent book reaches back 25,000 years to trace the history of jewelry from the Paleolithic era to the present day. Drawn from the extensive holdings of the Staatliche Museen in Berlin, this collection of jewelry through the ages links cultures and eras to show how the design, wearing, and collecting of personal adornment has evolved over the ages. Many of these beautiful pieces are presented for the first time in book form. They range from classic items such as necklaces, rings, and earrings to less common items with origins in non-European cultures. The book features jewelry ranging from the splendid crowns of ancient Greece, gold earrings from Babylon, and jeweled collars worn by 13th-century Islamic royalty to more modern pieces such as those contained in the imperial collection of Queen Louise of Prussia, Art Nouveau jewelry designed by René Lalique, and work by contemporary designers. This chronologically arranged survey includes numerous brief essays and nearly 400 illustrations with detailed captions, making it an ideal reference for anyone interested in cultural history, the history of jewelry, or the art and craft of jewelry making.

CONDITION:  NEW. MASSIVE hardcover with dustjacket. Prestel (2013) 384 pages. Unblemished, unmarked, pristine in every respect. Pages are pristine; clean, crisp, unmarked, unmutilated, tightly bound, unambiguously unread. Satisfaction unconditionally guaranteed. In stock, ready to ship. No disappointments, no excuses. PROMPT SHIPPING! HEAVILY PADDED, DAMAGE-FREE PACKAGING! Meticulous and accurate descriptions! Selling rare and out-of-print ancient history books on-line since 1997. We accept returns for any reason within 14 days! #7873a.

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PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW.

PUBLISHER REVIEWS: 

REVIEW:  Drawn from the extensive holdings of the Staatliche Museum in Berlin, this collection of jewelry through the ages links cultures and eras to show how the design, wearing, and collecting of personal adornment has evolved over the ages. Many of these beautiful pieces are presented for the first time in book form. They range from classic items such as necklaces, rings, and earrings to less common items with origins in non-European cultures. The book features jewelry ranging from the splendid crowns of Ancient Greece, golden earrings from Babylon, and jeweled collars worn by 13th-century Islamic royalty, to more modern pieces, such as those contained in the imperial collection of Queen Louise of Prussia, Art Nouveau jewelry designed by Rene Lalique and samples from the house of Bulgari. This chronologically arranged survey includes numerous brief essays and nearly 400 illustrations with detailed captions, making it an ideal reference for anyone interested in cultural history, the history of jewelry, or the art and craft of jewelry making.
 
REVIEW:  This opulent book reaches back 25,000 years to trace the history of jewelry from the Paleolithic era to the present day. This chronologically arranged survey includes numerous brief essays and nearly 400 illustrations with detailed captions, making it an ideal reference for anyone interested in cultural history, the history of jewelry, or the art and craft of jewelry making.

REVIEW:  Maren Eichhorn-Johannsen directs the Department of Exhibitions and Special Events at the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. Adelheid Rasche directs the Fashion Images Collection at the Art Library of Staatliche Museen zu Berlin.


REVIEW:  Table Contents:

Jewelry In Ancient Egypt by Klaus Finneiser.
Jewelry Sets from the Late Bronze Age by Alix Ha¨Nsel.
Etruscan Gold Work by Gertrud Platz-Horster.
Woven Jewelry: Textile Imitation of Jewelry from Late Antiquity and the Early Byzantine Period by Cecilia Fluck.
Notes on the Value of "Jewelry" in Pre-Columbian America by Manuela Fischer .
Jewelry in the Medieval Islamic World by Gisela Helmecke.
The Royal Gnadenpfennig (1610) by Elke Bannicke.
Precious Stones and Valuable Jewelry at Indian Royal Courts by Raffael Gadebusch.
Remarks on Modern-Era Garment Jewelry by Adelheid Rasche.
Egidius Verhelst''''s Portrait of Electress Elisabeth Auguste of Palatine-Sulzbach and Bavaria by Julia Sedda.
"What the War Spared" : The Jewelry Collection of Aloys and Maria Lautenschla¨Ger at the Kunstgewerbemuseum by Christine Waidenschlager.
Historical Jewelry of The Erzya and Moksha (Mordvins) in Russia by Elisabeth Tietmeyer.
Memorial, Friendship, and Mourning Jewelry by Svenia Schneider.
Berlin Iron Jewelry : "Gold I Gave in Return For Iron" by Svenia Schneider.
Hair Accessories in the Collections of the Staatliche Museen Zu Berlin by Maren Eichhorn-Johannsen.
Jewels from South and Southeast Asia: The People of the Golden Triangle and the Naga of India by Roland Platz.
Sounds and Scents: Jewelry from the Middle Sepik Region in Papua New Guinea by Markus Schindlbeck.
Adorned and Protected: Amulets and Talismans as Exemplified by Children''''s Garments Among the Turkmen by Ingrid Pfluger-Schindlbeck.
A Surrealist Jewel: Salvador Dali''''s Portrait of Mrs. Isabel Styler-Tas (Melancolia) by Dieter Scholz.
A Special Look: The Evolution of the Jewelry Collection of the Museum Europa¨Ischer Kulturen by Christine Binroth, Dagmar Neuland-Kitzerow.

PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS: 

REVIEW:  The history of jewelry from the Paleolithic era to the present day. This collection of jewelry through the ages links cultures and eras to show how the design, wearing, and collecting of personal adornment has evolved over the ages.  A stupendous achievement!  Quality printing, breath-taking photography.

REVIEW:  I have to confess, I love a good jewelry book and the latest release by Prestel: ‘25,000 Years of Jewelry’ has got me hooked. It’s a sort of addiction to sparkling pages brimful of jewelry drawings, stories, curiosities and interviews. I can’t imagine to work in this field without a cultural background ‘comme il faut’.

The book is a faithful snapshot of the amazing patrimony of jewelry from all over the world, collected over 25,000 years of history, from the Paleolithic to the present day, and on show as a permanent collection at the Staatliche Museum in Berlin. From the most classic of pieces to the most unusual of personal adornments, this book highlights how jewelry has developed over time. Incredible crowns of Ancient Greece and golden earrings from Babylon; Art Nouveau jewelry by René Lalique and strong, contemporary collections – the span of time is huge.

Encompassing a study of the importance of jewelry to both the history of costume and the development of social behaviour, this oeuvre explores both the art and the craft of jewelry-making, in over 400 sparkling images spread through 384 glorious pages. I can’t wait to start the journey! [Adorn].

REVIEW:  Publishing house Prestel looks back to the beginnings of jewelry-making with this beautiful book on the 25,000-year history of jewelry. An inspiring tome, showcasing the jewels of Berlin’s Staatliche Museen museum, this new release takes readers to the four corners of the world to discover everything from Etruscan gems to African jewels, becoming a must-read for any jewelry lover. [Vogue].

READER REVIEWS: 

REVIEW:  This is an absolute must-have book for anyone who loves jewelry! This incredibly beautiful and informative book addresses how and why mankind has ornamented itself with jewelry for thousands of years. Humans wear jewelry for practical uses, to beautify themselves and even use jewelry to distinguish individuals, groups and classes within societies. This book literally shows how jewelry design evolved in form and design spanning thousands of years across the globe.

It''''s a very large format, coffee-table book with stupendously gorgeous photography. It is categorized from oldest to newest with additional sections in each category for special collections and includes examples from virtually every country around the world. In addition, here are several very readable and informative articles that elaborate on the reasons why people have felt compelled to fashion jewelry and how society itself dictates the development of form and function. Each photograph has a brief caption describing the provenance of the item and additional relevant information. You always know what you are looking at, when and where it was made and (if it was made to be a functional part of clothing) what it was used for and how. It is truly one of those rare and wonderful books well worth the investment.

REVIEW:  Superb, wide-ranging survey of personal adornment from the prehistoric onwards. Because this was originally a German publication, it includes many items that you just don''''t see in other books that rely more on the good old V&A archives, and some fresh perspectives.

REVIEW:  Very informative and great images. A wonderful book that was a great extension to my trip to Berlin and the museums that house the collections in the book.

REVIEW:  A very big but really nice coffee table book - especially if you like history and jewelry!

REVIEW
:  Great visual reference for an aspiring jewelry maker, collector or historian.

 

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