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 Jewellery Traditions of India

(formerly know as Dance of the Peacock - old name)

DANCE OF PEACOCK
 

By

Usha R. Bala Krishnan 
 Meera Sushil Kumar

 335   pages,
500   Colour plates  
 ISBN 81-7508-109-0.

 

     

Contents:

1. Introduction: The bird of gold.
2. Trade: Meadows of gold and mines of jewels.
3. Ancient India: Stars to a hundred skies.
4. South India: The golden land. 
5. The Mughals: Imperial connoisseurs
6. Feminine ornament: The impulse to adorn.
7. For Gods and men: Proclamations of power.
8. Symbols: A Rosary of wishing jewels. 
9. Craft: The unknown goldsmith. 
10.  Epilogue: The scattering of a legacy.
11. Notes. 
12. Glossary.
13.  Bibliography.
  14. Photo Credits
15. Index.
     
   

FROM THE INNER JACKET

     
    India, the 'Golden Country', has since time immemorial, lured those in quest of spices, gold and precious gems. The principle trade routes across land and sea in the ancient world all led to India. As a repository of what was once the greatest concentration of mineral wealth on earth, this treasury of the world earned the epithet Sone ki chidia or 'bird of gold'.

Spanning 5000 years of this glorious legacy, Dance of the Peacock takes an ethnographic approach, weaving factual information with the many fascinating stories recounted by ancient travellers to India. The book pays homage to the aesthetics of the patron and the virtuosity of the craftsman. Above all, Dance of the Peacock celebrates the human impulse to adorn.

"Providing a spectacular visual panorama are the over 500 Colour plates, each item of jewellery meticulously photographed to set off its every technical and aesthetic nuance. Accessing collections that have never been documented before the book showcases some of the most outstanding examples of Indian jewellery from all over the world.

     
    Usha R. Bala Krishnan  
Meera Sushil Kumar  
Photography: Bharath Ramamrutham
Printed in Singapore
Price : Rs.4500 in India.
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