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Gold, Silver & Brass

Gold, Silver & Brass

Jewellery of the Batak in Sumatra, Indonesia

By (author) Achim Sibeth

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  • The nearly 300 precious works shown here are artifacts of a once-flourishing jewelry tradition
Full Description
The first book to examine the rich jewelry traditions of the Batak people in Indonesia is a gorgeous tribute to a vanishing way of life. Batak jewelry is characterized by a wide variety of materials and forms, and has many functions: Jewels can be status symbols, badges of rank, attributes of membership of a certain age group, amulets and talismans, or simply ornaments. Men, women, small children, and even babies were once adorned with gold, silver, brass, bronze, or the gold-and-copper alloy known as suasa. Today, the Batak wear traditional jewelry only for celebrations like weddings, and these stunning works are rapidly disappearing, being melted down or sold.
About the Author

Achim Sibeth is a former curator of the Southeast Asian collection at the Museum of World Cultures in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Since April 2010, he has been the curator and chief editor of the Mandala Foundation in Singapore.

Specifications
Publisher
Five Continents Editions
ISBN
9788874396269
Published
1st Jan 2019
Binding
Hardback
Territory
USA & Canada
Size
10.67 in x 12.17 in
Pages
192 Pages
Illustrations
215 color
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