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A Jewelled Splendour: The Tradition of Indian Jewellery

Asha Rani Mathur (Author)
Synopsis For centuries the fabled wealth of India, her gold and gems, brought to her land both merchants and invaders. The tradition of legendary riches went back to antiquity: 5000 years ago, Indian goldsmiths and lapidaries worked in an astonishing variety of materials and techniques; for 3000 years, India was the only known source of Diamonds. This book in five chapters is a look at that tradition, its range, its variety, its best known techniques, its manifestations and significance. From a brief historical overview to an account of contemporary jewellery, from descriptions of courtly jewellery to those worn by rural and tribal peoples, the book is a glimpse of Indian jewellery in its totality. Lavishly illustrated with colour photographs from a number of sources, including museum pieces, this book encapsulates one of the greatest of Indian achievements.
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About the author

Asha Rani Mathur

Asha Rani Mathur has been associated with both books and music. A freelance writer and editor, she has worked on inflight magazines, edited and produced books on aspects of Indian life and culture as well as art catalogues and written on subjects as far apart as restaurant food and ancient India. She has also scripted documentaries for television. In music, she has been associated with the Music Today label as producer of many of their classical albums and fusion series.

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Bibliographic information

Title A Jewelled Splendour: The Tradition of Indian Jewellery
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2002
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Rupa & Co.
Language: English
isbn 8171679749
length 96p., Plates; Glossary; Bibliography; 22cm.