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The History of Beads: From 100,000 B.C. to the Present, Revised and Expanded Edition Hardcover – November 1, 2009
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We travel the circuitous routes of trade from ancient Mesopotamia to Egypt and the Indus Valley from 2500 BC to 1600 BC; from 7500 BC to 1800 BC we read of the trade from Southeast Asia to the South Pacific. The Roman World, Europe, Asia, The Far East, North and South America--all are mapped in full color with dates and exact designations of beads that were transported among the cultures of each era and area.To accompany these maps, the author goes into great detail not only about the beads themselves but of the relationships they played in the religious, economic and cultural lives of each group.
Included is an exquisite eight page fold-out illustrating the historical panorama of beads. We are treated to over 400 photographs of dazzling beaded ornaments from the earliest times to present day. Especially exciting are the inventive and unique necklaces and bead work from contemporary artists. The photography is astounding; to view it is to have a definitive sensuous experience.
This updated version of the 1987 "History of Beads" begins with the very latest discovery of the world's oldest beads--approximately 108,000 BC at Skhul Cave on Mount Carmel in present day Israel "at about the time Homo Sapiens populations were replacing the Neanderthals and developing new and more complex cultures." The Skhul Cave beads were actually made of shell. This find is of immense importance as some scholars believe that "by at least 100,00 BC Homo Sapiens evolved in Africa and started expanding into other regions.Read more ›
It's amazing to see the craftsmanship that was put into jewelry thousands of years ago and
that many jewelry styles we wear today are so similar, if not exactly the same, as ancient designs.
I had taken this book out of the library a few times, but decided I wanted my own copy for reference and enjoyment.
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I didn't realize quite what a fabulous book this was when I purchased it. Have it out on the table to reference and read through sections at leisure. Read morePublished 6 months ago by workspace
More of a history of beads than an inspirational book for jewelry design. Just not what I was expecting.Published 9 months ago by Pamla Mixter
I have the original and the new printing is just as wonderful! Couldn't be happier.Published 13 months ago by Stella K. Brese
I love this book! Wonderfully written with beautiful pictures. A must have for anyone that works with or enjoys beads.Published 14 months ago by Casey Conroy