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Earrings: Ornamental Identity and Beauty in India

Waltraud Ganguly (Author)
Synopsis Earrings always held a significant place in the jewellery of the Indians. They are invariably unique works of art, bearing religious or symbolic content. This book brings a comprehensive documentation of traditional earrings in India, based on scientific fieldwork of more than ten years. The first part of the book gives a general survey of the historical relations to the Mediterranean area and to classical earring forms of the ancient sculptures and archaeological finds. The evolution of different earring shapes and the differences between north and south are discussed. In the catalogue part, 170 specific earring types with numerous subtypes are represented. In over 400 colour illustrations of persons and ornaments, the amazing variability of every type is shown. The origin and history of each piece are described; technical details, as the weight, size and used material are given. The modes of fastening are summarized in a systematic classification according to the applied lock types. The book records a significant part of the material Indian culture, as it has existed since many centuries. "Earrings" is equally important to the admirer and collector of old Indian jewellery, as to the student of design and to the jewellery dealer, satisfying the demands of his cutomers.
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About the author

Waltraud Ganguly

Waltraud Ganguly was born in Germany and holds a degree in medicine. She feels attracted to India since she was a student in Heidelberg. In 1971, she was married to an Indian, with whom she lives in Germany. From the very beginning of her contact to the country, Dr. Ganguly was fascinated by the customs and traditions of the Indian village people. Her special interest is the significance of the old customary rural ornaments, especially ear and head ornaments. In order to gather authentic information and photographs of traditional earrings and of the people wearing them, she conducted intensive field work throughout India, accompanied by her husband. Since 1995, the couple covered more than 40,000 km on fifteen trips. The author has held lectures and exhibitions on Indian earrings in Chennai, Berlin, Heidelberg and London.

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Bibliographic information

Title Earrings: Ornamental Identity and Beauty in India
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2007
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8176465879
length iv+284p., Maps; 29cm.