The Jewelry of Southeast Asia is a comprehensive account of the royal and museum collections of dazzling jewellery in Southeast Asia. From the magniﬁcent royal gold specimens of Burma and Thailand to the simple adornments worn by remote hill peoples, Anne Richter visually explores the territories of Myanmar, Malaysia, Singapore, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, and the Philippines. Necklaces, buckles, pendants, rings, bracelets, ear ornaments, hairpins, anklets, torques and more are presented in a superb array of images. Her understanding of the symbolism of these historical examples sheds light on Asian cultures, and how they are also expressions of political power, markers of social and religious status and talismans to deflect ill fortune.
Many techniques. forms and motifs come from India, the Islamic world, China and later Europe, transmitted at various times and places through trade and diplomatic and religious contacts. However, imported styles were often transformed and ornaments accorded different purposes. Underlying these foreign inﬂuences remains a deep and ancient set of cultural meanings and aesthetic preferences that are also reﬂected in Southeast Asian architecture and textiles, and the aesthetic appeal of the items will make this volume essential reading for all jewellery lovers.
To make it more accessible, this new edition in paperback of the book ﬁrst published in 2000 concentrates on the colour plates with their illuminating captions, and in a new introduction Anne Richter shows how the historical background has inﬂuenced the jewellery. With 357 illustrations, of which 353 are in colour. The photographs of jewellery include necklaces, buckles, pendants, belts, buttons, ear studs, hairpins, anklets, torques, bracelets, and other pieces.
About the author: ANNE RICHTER lectured in Art and Design at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, and is also the author of Arts and Crafts of Indonesia.