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Masterpieces of Ancient Jewelry: Exquisite Objects from the Cradle of Civilization

Masterpieces of Ancient Jewelry: Exquisite Objects from the Cradle of Civilization

Book rating: 03 Hardback

By (author) Judith Price

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  • Publisher: Running Press,U.S.
  • Format: Hardback | 144 pages
  • Dimensions: 274mm x 274mm x 20mm | 1,225g
  • Publication date: 22 September 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Philadelphia
  • ISBN 10: 0762433868
  • ISBN 13: 9780762433865
  • Illustrations note: colour photographs
  • Sales rank: 595,570

Product description

This stunning book showcases the largest collection of ancient jewelled objects ever assembled, with sparkling photography and history throughout.Jewelry aficionado, and president of America's National Jewelry Institute, Judith Price has compiled a collection of the most stunning ancient objects ever assembled. Pieces on loan come from the Berlin Museum, the Louvre, the British Museum, the Islamic collection at the Metropolitan Museum, the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, and the Princeton Museum are thousands of years old, some from as far back as 4,000 BCE.The gorgeous artifacts originated in the ancient times of Mesopotamia, Persia, Levant, the Byzantine Empire, and the Islamic world, and are of incomparable worth. The book will be supported by a major exhibit of the collection.

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Author information

Judith Price is the president of the National Jewelry Institute, a highly-regarded non-profit organization established to create and support exhibitions of the most important jewelry of the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The institute, located on Fifth Avenue, New York, also endorses the education of those studying the jewelry trade in order to perpetuate and maintain the integrity of artistic tradition. Ms Price is the founder of Avenue magazine, and the author of Masterpieces of American Jewelry. She lives in New York.

Customer reviews

By Antoinette 23 Aug 2012 3

Masterpieces contains some lovely images of ancient jewellery. Some pieces are drawn from private collections so aren't usually available for study. The photographs in are detailed and highlight the glorious items featured in this book, from statues and stands, to earrings and pins.

The book is divided into sections concerning Mesopotamia, The Levant, Persia, Byzantium and Islam. Each section is prefaced with an interview of a leading archeologist in this specialty. The questions asked of the archeologists are very general such as "Tell us about the gods, the priests and the temples". I feel there isn't enough specific information provided in the text for this book to be labeled as a reference book. The text is formatted with x3 spacing, making it difficult to read and there is, at maximum, three objects per page and a lot of white space. For a book of 144 pages it contains surprisingly little information.

I consider Masterpieces more of a coffee table book than a resource.

Review quote

"Sacramento Book Review," September 2008"A spectacular survey of jeweled objects from early civilization through about 1500 C.D. ... "Masterpieces of Ancient Jewelry "is a fine collection of, not only the objects, but a comprehensive collection of essays and interviews with jewelry historians around the world, providing a reference to the times and places that the jewelry was made and used."