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Indian Jewellery

Thomas Holbein Hendley (Author) The Journal of Indian Art
Synopsis "The Journal of Indian Art" is still one of the most consulted books on Indian jewellery. It is an authentic source for scholars and collectors who are engaged with traditional Indian jewellery or ancient techniques. The original of "Indian Jewellery" was edited in 1909 by Thomas Holbein Hendley, comprising Nos. 95-107 of The Journal of Indian Art. The picture plates of this book show "native" ornaments of British India, demonstrating the vast of Indian jewellery in the eight provinces at the end of the nineteenth century. Examples of the jewellery of past civilizations of Asia and Europe were added for consideration of the history and development of the different styles. The book’s illustrations and descriptions of old Indian royal and peasant ornaments are of unaltered interest now, one hundred years later. During this past period, new developments and designs of jewellery have come up, frequently based on the old traditions. The centenary reprint edition of "Indian Jewellery" was therefore supplemented with photographs of recent Indian jewellery, as an attempt to present "revival" pieces that are still en vogue after one hundred years, as well as to show examples of new developments which were manufactures after the old style, yet with modifications and adaptations, answering to a modernized taste and demand.
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Thomas Holbein Hendley

Thomas Holbein Hendley (1847-1917) worked as a Residency surgeon in Jaipur from 1874 to 1897. Besides his professional work, he devoted himself to many interests beyond his medical duties, particularly to the promotion of local arts and crafts. He was very much concerned to preserve the authenticity of the Indian designs and wanted to avoid unwelcome change through any European influence. The famous "Jeypore Exhibition", launched by him in 1883., had the declared purpose to present selected examples of the best artwork in India. T.H. Hendley had suggested to Maharaja Madho singh II, the then ruler of Jaipur, to build a museum for the display of products manufactured by the local craftsmen. The Albert Hall Museum was opened in 1887 and most of the objects of the Jeypore Exhibition were transferred to it. They are exhibited in the same museum till today. In 1909 T.H. Hendley published twelve special numbers of The Journal of Indian Art as a monograph with the title "Indian jewellery". It is here presented as  a reprint, supplemented by Waltraud Ganguly with fifty-two additional colour plates and introductory notes about the  history and the author of the book.

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Title Indian Jewellery
Format Hardcover
Date published: 30.04.2009
Edition Reprint
Language: English
isbn 8176466891, 9788176466899
length xxii+356p., Tables; B/w & Colour Plates; Index; 32cm.