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Egypt’s Wearable Heritage by Jolanda Bos

Egypt’s Wearable Heritage by Jolanda Bos

Jolanda Bos is an archaeologist who has been travelling to Egypt for over 25 years. From the 1990s onwards she has worked in different excavations in the Egyptian deserts. She brings her archaeologists eye to an accessable yet scholarly study of Egypts’ contemporary yet still traditional and artisanal culture. This beautifully glossy book with its abundance…

Hair adorned

Of Combs and Saints by Barbara Steinberg

Of Combs and Saints by Barbara Steinberg

It was a time before nations. Celtic tribes ruled Gaul until they were conquered by the Roman Empire (121 – 51 BC). In the early 5th Century, Roman Gaul was overwhelmed by the Visigoths, Burgundians, and Franks until 481, when Frankish King Childeric I defeated the Visigoths, and his son King Clovis I united all…

Contemporary

Stefania Lucchetta

Stefania Lucchetta

Stefania Lucchetta was born and lives in Bassano del Grappa (Vicenza area), Italy. She holds degrees from Ca’ Foscari University in Venice (1999, BA with honors in Literature and Art History) and Scuola Italiana Design of Padua (2004, Master degree in Industrial Design), besides some modules previously taken at the Venice College of Fine Arts….

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Ciara Bowles – Designer

Ciara Bowles – Designer

Ciara Bowles Contemporary Jewellery was started by Ciara herself in 2013. Based in East London, she creates bold, colourful statement jewellery that is influenced by her love of pattern, colour and natural form. This is her first seasonal collection, which has been influenced by the experience she has gained working for jewellers and fashion houses…

A Tribal Rite of Spring in Paris by Barbara Ann Steinberg

A Tribal Rite of Spring in Paris by Barbara Ann Steinberg

In the early 20th Century, European artists stripped antiquities and African tribal art of their religious significance. The pieces, with bold, minimalist shapes and lines, influenced Modernism and Cubism in design, only, as artists explored the relationship between humanity and the Industrial Revolution. Diaghilev’s Ballet Russes was acclaimed for bringing modern dance to Parisian audiences…

Ama – Pearl divers of Japan.

Ama – Pearl divers of Japan.

The word ‘Ama’ means ‘Sea women’. The Ama are believed to have been in existence for 2000 years. The Ama women specialised in free diving to depths of 30 feet, they had breathing skills which allowed them to hold their breath for extended lengths of time. Diving naked or wearing just a loin cloth( Fundoshi)…

The Global City – A book launch at the Mayfair Gallery of Michael Backman. Review and comment by Sarah Corbett.

The Global City – A book launch at the Mayfair Gallery of Michael Backman. Review and comment by Sarah Corbett.

by Annemarie Jordan Gschwend  (Editor), K.J.P. Lowe (Editor) Publisher: Paul Holberton Publishing (December 19, 2015) ISBN-13: 978-1907372889 A bridge between the world of the historian and the world of the collector. A concept which seems obvious, a concept which requires ‘two way traffic’. As one whose awarenesses are deeply rooted within the realm of collectors and gatherers, I frequently dip into…

Whitby Jet

Whitby Jet

Jet is a minor gemstone which is derived from wood which has been subject to high pressure over millions of years. It is along with Amber one of two organic gem fossils. Jet has been utilised in adornment since neolithic times. The earliest known object is a carving of a damsel fly larva originating in…

Enamelling as a guide to date

Enamelling as a guide to date

Enamelling is the technique of using molten glass to fill areas on metal jewellery between wires to create decorative coloured jewels. Add to the beautiful colours the belief that these beads were made by the gods and therefore would protect, the need to continue to use and wear damaged pieces of larger beads adds to the…

The Art of Chinese Ivory Comb Carving – Jen Cruse

The Art of Chinese Ivory Comb Carving – Jen Cruse

When trade links with China were re-established in the 18th century, the earliest and largest markets were in the West. Chinese teas and silks were the prime commodities of trade with Europe and America and an increasing demand for items such as porcelains, ivories (from African elephant tusks) and fans developed over time. Primarily centered…

Sir Marc Aurel Stein (1862-1943) –  Trade Routes..The Silk Road

Sir Marc Aurel Stein (1862-1943) – Trade Routes..The Silk Road

Sir Marc Aurel Stein (1862-1943) was born in Budapest in 1862. He studied Sanskrit, Old Persian, Indology and philology at the universities of Vienna, Leipzig and Tübingen, and map-making as part of his military service in Budapest, before setting out for a career in India. His formal positions from 1888 onwards were as registrar of…

Moroccan Judaica by Barbara Steinberg

Moroccan Judaica by Barbara Steinberg

Jewish traders and farmers have lived in Morocco’s cities and Atlas mountains since the time of the Roman Empire. However, the most notable Jewish immigration to Morocco came in 1492, when Queen Isabella I of Castille ordered them to convert to Christianity or leave Spain. Each Moroccan city had a separate Jewish quarter called a…

Josephine Nirmala Designer

Josephine Nirmala Designer

Having lived in Kenya for most of my formative years I had always been surrounded by beaded jewellery. My mother had her own collection of beaded necklaces in every colour of the rainbow, right from malachite & tigers eye to obsidian & coral. As a child, these colourful beads were no more than just colourful…

Lady Sainsbury

Lady Sainsbury

The Sainsbury Institute is saddened to announce the death of its benefactor Lady Lisa Sainsbury.   Lady Sainsbury died on 6th February aged 101. It was her vision, and that of her husband Sir Robert, who died in 2000, that led to the establishment of the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and…

Tensifa – Tetouan Morocco by Sarah Corbett

Tensifa – Tetouan Morocco by Sarah Corbett

Tetouan is a town in Northern Morocco with Strong Historical links to Grenada. In 1492 the Nasrid dynasty surrendered their rule of the Emirate of Granada. The surrender led to the mass arrival in Tetouan of those fleeing Spain. Moors who were of diverse religious and ethnic groups arrived in great numbers following an agreement…

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LOLLAND, DENMARK—A local man and his two sons have found a range of gold items on the Danish island of Lolland

LOLLAND, DENMARK—A local man and his two sons have found a range of gold items on the Danish island of Lolland, according to a report in The Local Denmark. Included in the find was a bracteate, or thin gold medallion dating to the Germanic Iron Age. Archaeologists at the Museum Lolland-Falster believe the amulet includes…

Undressed – A brief history of Underwear. V and A Museum

This exhibition explores the intimate relationship between underwear and fashion and its role in moulding the body to a fashionable ideal, with cut, fit, fabric and decoration revealing issues of gender, sex and morality. Exhibition details 

Crimean gold artefacts must go back to Ukraine, Dutch court rules

Kiev argued for return of treasures, which were on loan to Amsterdam museum when Russia seized the peninsula in 2014. A priceless collection of gold artefacts from Crimea that was on loan to a Dutch museum when Russia seized the peninsula must be returned to Ukraine and not Crimea, a Dutch court has ruled, in…

The Staffordshire Hoard

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND—Fragments of artifacts from the Staffordshire Hoard have been cleaned and are being fitted together in work funded by Historic England and public donations. The seventh-century Anglo-Saxon artifacts include a rare high-status helmet and a unique form of sword pommel that was in 26 pieces when it was uncovered. The pommel “combines multiple different…

Japanese mirrors

FUKUOKA PREFECTURE, JAPAN—A fragment of a mold used to cast bronze mirrors in 200 B.C. has been unearthed at the Sugu Takauta ruins in northern Kyushu. It had been thought that such tachukyo, or mirrors with knobs, had been imported from the Korean Peninsula at this time. The mold shows indentations to create knobs on…

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