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Malay Silver and Gold

Malay Silver and Gold

Courtly Splendour from Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei and Thailand

By (author) Michael Backman


Publishing 11th Mar 2024
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    • First book with colour images on highly collectable Malay silver
    • Hundreds of items photographed and catalogued, many from private collections never before published
    • One of the world's leading dealers in Malay silver
    Full Description

    Malay Silver and Gold tells not only the story of Malay gold and silverware but also that of the Malay people, with particular emphasis on the banqueting items, the regalia, the betel sets, the jewellery and even the gold and silver mounted weapons of the 18th and 19th centuries. Through hundreds of photographs, many from private collections and never before published, and meticulous research across a multitude of sources. Michael Backman provides a definitive guide to Malay silver and gold and lays to rest many misconceptions. He identifies items not previously thought to be of Malay origin, and conversely points out those pieces once thought to be Malay which are not. Through his detailed analysis, Michael Backman shows that collectors, curators and colonialism have distorted our view of the Malays and their precious gold and silver treasures, and in so doing, reveals a rich and sophisticated legacy.

    About the Author

    Michael Backman is an Australian born writer and art dealer who now resides in London. His gallery in Hanover Street is one of the world's premier sources for rare Asian, Islamic and Tribal antiques. He is a writer who specialises in Asian business, political and financial affairs. 

    River Books
    Publish date
    11th Mar 2024
    World excluding South East Asia, USA & Canada
    280 mm x 215 mm
    296 Pages
    452 color, 3 b&w
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