SILVER LINGAM BOX, SOUTH INDIA

Silver lingayat Lingam boxes from South India One of the most amazing pieces of jewelry from South India is the Silver Lingam box caskets, a sort of amulet-pendant used by the Lingayat Shivaite sect. The striking design, which feels very modern, is in fact a result of the need for the members of this Shiva sect to hold a Shiva lingam close to the body. Lingayats are a Hindu group who believe that Shiva is the only deity, rather than the 3 gods revered by other Hindus. They also believed that the sacred presence of Shiva was not simply confined to the temple, but that it could be held in these pendants for a personal connection to [...]

2020-07-29T08:32:49+02:00July 21st, 2020|Regional jewelry, Uncategorized|

INDIAN JEWELLERY

Traditional Indian jewellery India holds a great variety of silver and gold ornaments, which characterizes, not only the different regions of this part of South Asia, but it is also a cultural and esthetic expression of the ethnic groups and influences that give shape to the country. Although it was relatively easy to find good silver jewelry just a couple of decades ago, things are changing rapidly in India. City women, who were already happier wearing gold jewelry compared to rural women, are nowadays changing silver jewellery pieces for smaller and easy to carry gold ornaments. This is also happening slowly in rural areas. Also, the workmanship that used to be excellent in building these pieces is [...]

2020-06-03T15:46:10+02:00June 3rd, 2020|Ethnic groups, Regional jewelry|

NEW EDITION OF THE AL THANI COLLECTION CATALOG

The Indian jewelery collection of the Qatari family of sovereigns has become the most important in the world In 2009 His Excellency Sheikh Hamad bin Abdullah Al Thani visited “Maharajas”, an exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum dedicated to the splendor of the Indian courts. In the halls of the venerable London museum, he was captivated “with the sophistication of the jewelery on display” and, although he had never visited India, he thought that he would like to possess a piece from that country. Sheikh Hamad, who was back then 27 years old, started buying jewelry that had been owned by Maharajas, Nizams, Sultans and Mughal emperors of ancient India. He did it with so many [...]

2020-06-04T18:32:57+02:00May 15th, 2020|books, Ethnic jewellery exhibition|

TURKMEN JEWELLERY

Silver jewels from Turkmen tribes The Turkmen are nomadic herdsmen by origin, that inhabit in a wide area comprising some regions of Iran, Afghanistan and Turkmenistan. They made and used a big array of silver ornaments that are still much sought after by museums and collectors. Much of the jewellery known today was made in the 19th or first quarter of the 20th century. The jewellery worn then was usually displayed at the marriage and the first years of marriage and was part of the dowry. There could be around 7 to 8 kilos of silver on the bride. Importance of Turkmen jewellery The importance of jewellery among these central Asia [...]

2020-04-21T10:39:29+02:00April 14th, 2020|Ethnic groups|

Tribal Art Fair Amsterdam 2019

TRIBAL ART FAIR AMSTERDAM 2019   Ethnic Adornment in TAF Fair 2019 Last October, 2019 Ethnic Adornment was invited to participate in the Tribal Art Fair (TAF) in Amsterdam. Among different sorts of Tribal Art, From Africa to Oceania, Ethnic Adornment was the only gallery dedicated specifically to Ethnic and Tribal ornaments. Ethnic Adornment displayed on the show all recent acquisitions, that have already been published every month on our page. Here you can see the new entries in our pages. The webpage of the TAF is currently displaying tribal art offered by the galleries that were on the show on October. You can have a look at the preview for 2020 here: Tribal Art Fair Amsterdam 2020. [...]

2020-05-12T10:04:04+02:00November 5th, 2019|Tribal art Fair|

PRAYER BEADS

In western cultures, we may associate prayer beads to  Christianity and Middle Ages. In fact, their use is universal and pre-dates the Christian Era. Even today the religions of nearly two-thirds of the world’s population utilize some form of prayer beads:  Muslims, Buddhists and Christians. The use of prayer beads came from the early urge to count prayers. Probably, in the beginning, fingers or pebbles moved from one pile to another was the way to do it. Later on, a cord was some knots were tied was used. In fact, the ”konbolion” is a knotted rosary still employed nowadays in the Greek Orthodox Church. Also used until recently (S. XIX in Germany) was a  thong of leather with [...]

2020-04-21T10:44:52+02:00October 26th, 2017|Beads|

MAPUCHE TRADITIONAL ADORNMENT

Mapuche ethnic adornment is the great unknown for lovers of ethnic jewelry. Being a silversmith work without major technical challenges, it has great aesthetic strength for the simplicity of its shapes and the great originality of its designs. The Mapuche people live on the Andes Mountains, straddling Argentina and Chile, between the Aconcagua River and Chiloé Island. Its inhabitants are very wedded to their land and their customs, and have a rich cosmology that focuses its principles in their attachment to ancestral territories, then embodied in everyday objects such as ceramics, textiles and jewellery. It is also the people who resisted three and half centuries of conquest, first by Spanish invader, and then by the Chilean colonization.   [...]

2020-07-29T21:38:06+02:00October 26th, 2015|Uncategorized|

SCENTED JEWELLERY – MAGHREB

Skhab scented necklaces There’s a type of adornment in Northern Africa that is well known in all Maghreb: the scented beads necklace, called “Skhab”, which has a symbolic and ritual meaning, due to the perfume it exhaled. It is mainly used in Algeria and Tunisia, while in Morrocco, the used of cloves for the same purposes is more extended. The origin of these necklaces is not clear. Some researchers claim it to be of Berber origin (P. Eudel), while others think that they might have come with the Arab invasion. The used of these perfumed necklaces is widespread in rural Algeria and Tunisia, but it’s also well known in big cities, where women can buy them from jewelry [...]

2017-11-06T22:20:48+02:00April 6th, 2015|Uncategorized|

JOSEP TAPIRÓ, SPANISH ORIENTALIST (1836-1913)

A new exhibition, at the Museu Nacional de Catalunya (Barcelona) is setting out to restore the figure of Josep Tapiró to its rightful place as one of the leading representatives of international Orientalism. Josep Tapiró i Baró (Reus 1836-1913), the first painter from the Iberian Peninsula to settle in Tangier, was a direct witness of the extraordinary urban and cultural transformation of this city, where he lived from 1876 until his death. Throughout those years, Tapiró undertook an almost scientific study of North African society and, apart from its artistic quality, his work is an important testimonial document of a world in retreat before European colonial pressure. The people, sumptuous clothes and spectacular Moroccan and Berber piece of jewellery were accurately painted by [...]

2017-11-04T21:08:52+02:00October 26th, 2014|Uncategorized|

BERBER JEWELLERY – EXHIBITION

BERBER WOMEN OF MOROCCO   I’ve visited this week this magnificent exhibition in the Yves Saint-Laurent Foundation located in Paris, not far from the Quai Branly Museum. The quality of the jewels exhibited is amazing, items which are impossible to see on the market anymore.  A big part of them are from the own collection of Yves Saint Laurent and normally on display at the Berber Museum at the Jardin Majorelle in Marrakesh, a city he loved and visited many times from the 60’s, even before it was on the tourist route of many low-cost air companies. The exhibition is centered on different issues related to the daily lives of Berber women and around their specific skills in [...]

2017-11-06T22:40:46+02:00February 6th, 2014|Uncategorized|