Magical Ancient Beads

Magical Ancient Beads


By (author) Jamey Allen, Edited by Sumarah Adhyatman, Edited by Christopher Leggett, Edited by Anne Richter

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  • Publisher: I.B.Tauris
  • Format: Hardback | 160 pages
  • Dimensions: 258mm x 316mm
  • Publication date: 31 December 1998
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1860642691
  • ISBN 13: 9781860642692
  • Illustrations note: 150 colour illustrations

Product description

Beads represent the oldest form of art. They were the first durable ornaments, coveted by mankind not only for their beauty, but also for their supposed magical and talismanic properties. Made of materials such as shell, bone, seed, wood, metal and glass beads, have been used as units of currency in many parts of the world. This work examines beads in Western and Central Asia from the Eastern Mediterranean to Mesopotamia, Iran and Afghanistan, many items dating from late-Roman to mid-Islamic times.

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Author information

James D. Allen is a researcher and lecturer who is co-founder of the Society of Bead Researchers. Sumarah Adhyatman is a well-known ceramicist and a Trustee of the Jakarta National Museum. Christopher Leggett specializes in recording the arts of Asia. Anne Richter researches on Asian decorative arts and lectures at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.

Table of contents

Part 1 Western and central Asian beads: ancient beads, Maud Spaer; ancient glass beads, james D. Allen. Part 2 Indonesian beads: indonesian meads, Sumarah Adbyatman; bead magic in Indonesia, anne Richter; Indonesia glass beads, Jamey D. Allen. A glossary of bead terms and types.