Author: Joyce Diamanti
Publisher: The Bead Society of Greater Washington; First edition (September 2002)
Category: Crafts & Hobbies
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Silver Speaks: Traditional Jewelry of the Middle East", The Bead Museum in Washington, .
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Marjorie Ransom's exhibit, "Silver Speaks: the Traditional Jewelry of the Middle East," which includes costumes as well as 250 pieces of silver jewelry, has been on tour since its debut at the Bead Museum in Washington, DC in 2003. It also has been shown at the Jefferson County Historical Society in Watertown, New York, and the Gibson Gallery at the State University of New York in Potsdam.
Desert Silver: Nomadic and Traditional Silver Jewellery From the Middle East and North Africa. The book introduces the reader to the culture of the Tuaregs, a remarkable group of African nomads of the Sahara Desert, which has fascinated the Europeans who came into contact with them in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
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In the Middle East, most Bedouin tribes before the first centuries AD were polytheistic, but some .
The wearing of jewelry was a very popular decorative act for women in the region long before Islam became an influential way of life and it is from the Berbers, Bedouins and other native people of the Middle East that such trends derive.
In a perceptive curator's statement, Ellen Benson looks at the Silver Speaks exhibition and companion book as significant firsts in the continuum of the Society's and the Museum's longstanding interest in ethnic jewelry as manifested in earlier exhibits and educational programs. She seeks to foster appreciation of this silver folk jewelry by placing Middle Eastern traditions of personal adornment within the larger field of Islamic ornamentation and culture.
In the Introduction, Shelagh Weir, former curator at the British Museum and presently a Senior Research Associate at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, focuses on the many functions this jewelry once had in the lives of women in the Middle East, where it could proclaim a woman's marital status, assert her ethnic identity, display her family's wealth, providing her financial security, enhance her feminine allure, promote her health, and protect her from misfortune. In two textual contributions, Robert Liu covers tools, materials, and techniques used by Middle Eastern silversmiths and examines recurring shapes and patterns in traditional silver jewelry and the meanings of these motifs.