Silver Treasures from the Land of Sheba: Regional Yemeni Jewelry (Hardcover)

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Silver Treasures from the Land of Sheba documents a disappearing artistic and cultural tradition with over three hundred photographs showing individual pieces, rare images of women wearing their jewelry with traditional dress, and the various regions in Yemen where the author did her field research. Ransom's descriptions of the people she met and befriended, and her exploration of the significance of a woman's handmade jewelry with its attributes of power, protection, beauty, and personal identity, will appeal to ethnic jewelry fans, ethnographers, jewelry designers, and art historians.

Amulet cases, hair ornaments, bridal headdresses, earrings, necklaces, ankle and wrist bracelets are all beautifully photographed in intricate detail, interspersed with the author's own photographs of the women who shared their stories and their hospitality with her. A chapter on the history of silversmithing in Yemen tells the surprising story of the famed Jewish Yemeni silversmiths, many of whom left Yemen in the late 1940s. This is the first in-depth study of Yemeni silver, uniquely illustrated with photographs of a world that is transforming before our eyes, and animated with the portraits of a precious legacy.

About the Author

Marjorie Ransom is a Middle East specialist who has lived and worked throughout the Arab world, where she began researching and collecting traditional silver jewelry, particularly from Yemen. Her renowned collection of Middle Eastern jewelry has been exhibited at American museums. She lives in Washington, DC. Robert K. Liu is the founder and co editor of Ornament Magazine. His books include Collectable Beads, and he is the author of numerous articles on personal adornment and other subjects. Abdulkarim Al-Eryani (1934-2015) was the prime minister of Yemen from 1980 to 1983 and again from 1998 to 2001, and one-time political advisor to the President of Yemen. Najwa Adra is a cultural anthropologist with over thirty years of experience in international development and field research in Yemen.

Product Details
ISBN: 9789774166006
ISBN-10: 9774166000
Publisher: American University in Cairo Press
Publication Date: July 12th, 2014
Pages: 264
Language: English

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