Indian Jewellery

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-04-01
  • Publisher: Victoria & Albert Museum
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Indian jewelry is among the most opulent and finely wrought in the world. This book draws on over 100 exquisite pieces from the Victoria & Albert Museum's superb collection, many never published before. Nick Barnard illuminates the social context and symbolic meanings as well as the varied techniques employed by craftsmen. He describes how jewelry was worn and by whom, how stones were sourced and cut, how traditions of making and wearing varied in different parts of the country, and how the collection itself was brought together by travelers and scholars over the years.

Author Biography

Nick Barnard is a curator of South Asian art in the V&A's Asian department.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. 6
Mapp. 7
Introductionp. 8
Who wore jewellery and whyp. 10
Precious stones to serpents' bonesp. 30
Makers and techniques, tradition and transformationp. 50
The genesis of a collection: a tale of two museumsp. 84
Indian jewellery in Victorian Britain: demand, availability and influencep. 100
The making of the V&A's collection: 1880 to the present dayp. 108
Notesp. 120
Bibliographyp. 124
Indexp. 127
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