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Silver Treasures from the Land of Sheba: Regional Yemeni Jewelry [Englisch] [Gebundene Ausgabe]

Marjorie Ransom , Robert K. Liu

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30. Mai 2014
Silver Treasures from the Land of Sheba documents a disappearing artistic and cultural tradition with over three hundred photographs showing individual pieces, rare images of women wearing their jewelry with traditional dress, and the various regions in Yemen where the author did her field research. Ransom's descriptions of the people she met and befriended, and her exploration of the significance of a woman's handmade jewelry with its attributes of power, protection, beauty, and personal identity, are a rich source of information that will appeal to ethnic jewelry fans, ethnographers, jewelry designers, and art historians.Amulet cases, hair ornaments, bridal headdresses, earrings, necklaces, ankle and wrist bracelets are all beautifully photographed in intricate detail, interspersed with the author's own photographs of the women who shared their stories and their hospitality with her. A chapter on the history of silversmithing in Yemen tells the surprising story of the famed Jewish Yemeni silversmiths, many of whom left Yemen in the late 1940s. This is the first in-depth study of Yemeni silver, uniquely illustrated with photographs of a world that is transforming before our eyes, and animated with the portraits of a precious legacy.


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"This beautiful book is a fitting tribute to the rich culture of Yemen, and its people's appreciation of fine craftsmanship. Marjorie Ransom spent three decades collecting Yemeni jewelry, and many months traveling to the remotest regions of Yemen to interview the women who wore it and the silversmiths who made it. The result is an indispensable reference work for specialists, and an enjoyable feast for all who love the region and its culture."--Shelagh Weir, former curator for the Middle East at the British Museum"Marjorie Ransom's Silver Treasures from the Land of Sheba is a superb work, carefully researched and documented. We in Yemen will always be grateful to Marjorie for preserving for us the real character of Yemeni jewelry, keeping the past alive in the present in this true jewel of a book."--Dr. Yusuf Mohammed Abdullah, professor of Archaeology and Epigraphy, University of Sanaa, Yemen"Here is a long-awaited treasure trove. Marjorie Ransom's love of the country, her knowledge of its highways and byways, and her anecdotes about those she meets in her journeyings add a rare and warm dimension to our understanding of this beautiful country and its silver."--Sarah Searight, author of Yemen: Land and People"This inspiring book is the work of a passionate collector, a dedicated researcher, and a patient, sensitive interviewer. Working against difficult odds, Marjorie Ransom found the last knowledgeable sources of information and reveals to the reader not only the story of silver jewelry, but the multicolored mosaic of an elaborate but quickly changing culture."--Shahira Mehrez, researcher, collector, and promoter of traditional Egyptian crafts

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Marjorie Ransom is a Middle East specialist who has lived and worked throughout the Arab World, where she began researching and collecting traditional silver jewelry, particularly from Yemen. Her renowned collection of Middle Eastern jewelry has been exhibited at American museums.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Magical look into the secret lives of women! 25. Juni 2014
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Marjorie Ransom has broken new ground with this delightful "coffee table" book. It is far more than just startling pictures of jewelry--it takes the reader into places few have gone and introduces us to women in this tribal society. It goes beyond that, too, offering pictures of the settings, the costumes, the everyday life in Yemen. Since most of the silversmiths are men, they get their fair share, too. Marjorie Ransom has spent many years meticulously researching the dying art of silver working in Yemen, living there, visiting there, traveling to every corner of the land. This book is a tribute to her passion and patience in helping to keep alive an art form that is quickly moving into history. I shall buy several of these books as gifts for very special friends!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Beautiful Book 27. Juni 2014
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This is a beautifully produced book - from concept, through many years of in-country research, integration of culture and craft, photography, layout and an easy narrative style of writing that melds analysis, history, humor and personal experience. While it is surely the definitive book on its subject, it also stands apart as an example of superb book design and production.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A jewel 25. Juni 2014
Von argwrites - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This book is a monumental achievement and legacy for the author and for the subject. Marjorie Ransom refers to the Land of Sheba in the title—nice historical touch—but I feel it is important for potential readers to know that this is Yemen. Yes, Yemen, the country over which we fly drones, the country whose threat level the Department of State describes as “extremely high,” and the country to which travel is strongly discouraged. The reader needs this context to be reminded of the common humanity all people share behind the headlines. Yes, terrorists live in Yemen but Yemenis are not terrorists. They are fathers and mothers, sons and daughters, families in the daily struggle for food and shelter and the occasional luxury of a fine piece of jewelry, which is the subject this book stunningly catalogues and spreads before us. No, I’m not suggesting you vacation there. I’m suggesting that this book provides a cultural vista you could never experience by traveling to Yemen, regardless of what risk you might be prepared to take. If you google Yemen and follow the links to culture, you will not find a reference—at least I did not—to the remarkable silver jewelry tradition that Marjorie offers for your pleasure. Gaze upon it. Read it. The narrative is as satisfying as vicarious travel can be, all the more so by being absolutely impossible to duplicate. In following Marjorie’s journey, I could only marvel at her singular accomplishment in putting this book together.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen This Book is a Treasure in Itself 25. Juli 2014
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This wonderful culmination a fifty-year process of learning and collecting will startle even readers who think themselves conversant with Yemeni silver, a genuinely-unique art form, and with the country of Yemen itself.

Casual readers will revel in a brilliantly-produced tome with more than 300 color plates, but serious readers will also benefit from the historical, ethnic, and cultural backdrop of this splendid jewelry and accompanying costumes, most of which were accumulated personally by Marjorie Ransom during her decades in the Middle East. With the insights gleaned as a seasoned, senior Foreign Service Officer, she weaves a tale of beauty and art with economics, religion, commerce, ritual, politics, and geography.

The photography alone will astound readers.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Magnificent Book -- Both for the Layman as well as for the Experts in Middle East Culture 10. August 2014
Von Edie Dasher - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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When I was given this magnificent book, I had virtually no knowledge of the country Yemen much less of the history and culture of silver in Yemen, or anywhere in the Middle East for that matter. But the book - both by the astounding quality of the breathtaking photographic images of the different parts of the country, the people, and their silver; and also by the clear organization, layout, and reader friendly language - simply entrances the layperson, such as I am, to absorb each page wtih increasing delight, reverence, and and gratitude for the dedication and the awesome knowledge of the author to produce such an important work of art and historically significant volume. The author's lifetime of study, her many years of living among the people of Yemen and in other countries in the Middle East, and her persistent and steady acquisition of now priceless artifacts of silver has resulted in this volume that is such a gift to humanity, chronicling both the art, the history, and the role that silver has played in that region over the centuries. Especially given the current turmoil int he Middle East including Yemen, this ancient culture is now gravely threatened, making this book alll the more crucial to document what I am told is fast becoming a dying culture.

As I said in the beginning, I knew almost nothing of Yemen nor silver in the Middle East, but the quality of the book is such that it grabbed by attention and drew me into this fascinating culture. Hence, I have no doubt that other people like me will be equally thrilled to own it;it matters not whether the reader knows anything about Yemen or Silver; All they have to do is take in the first few pages, and they will be hooked. Plus the awesome quality makes this book the kind of volume anyone would want to have displayed prominently in their living room or library. it is certainly on my holiday gift giving list this year, as the "coffee table" book of the year!
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