The History of Beads: From 100,000 B.C. to the Present, Revised and Expanded Edition
Since its publication in 1987, The History of Beads has become the world's definitive guide for bead lovers, collectors, and scholars. In this new edition, bead expert Lois Sherr Dubin updates all chapters with the latest archeological discoveries, opens a new chapter on contemporary adornment since the 1980s, with a focus on glass beads, and best of all, adds 200 beads to what is considered by many to be the piece de resistance: the eight-page gatefold timeline that guides readers through the remarkably rich history of the world's first form of adornment. The latest revisions include the oldest bead ever discovered, dating to 108,000 b.c. and explain why beads worn on the human body were the original media communication system. Updates include the numerous maps scattered throughout, which have been modernized and are now in color; 72 formerly black-and-white images have been replaced with full color; and 125 new photographs were added to this edition. Beautifully packaged with a new cover, this revised and expanded edition is a must-have for devotees of the first edition and for the next generation of bead obsessives and aficionados.
The Gift that Keeps on Giving
By Honey Levin "Honey Levin" - November 10, 2009
What a treasure Lois Sherr Dubin has given us! In these turbulent and uncertain times, her latest book enables us to become enmeshed in the fascinating world of extraordinary beads while we leave our strife behind.
We travel the circuitous routes of trade from ancient Mesopotamia to Egypt and the Indus Valley from 2500 BC to 1600 BC; from 7500 BC to 1800 BC we read of the trade from Southeast Asia to the South Pacific. The Roman World, Europe, Asia, The Far East, North and South America--all are mapped in full color with dates and exact designations of beads that were transported among the cultures of each era and area.To accompany these maps, the author goes into great detail not only about the beads themselves but of the relationships they played in the religious, economic and cultural lives of each group.
Included is an exquisite eight page fold-out illustrating the historical panorama of beads. We are treated to over 400 photographs of dazzling beaded... read more
A must-have book for all serious beaders
By Bead Traveler - March 3, 2010
The book is a visual feast as well as an authoritative history of beads. It has given me a greater appreciation of the richness and value of the beading making tradition. While I don't collect antique beads, I think it's important for the modern day jewelry maker, bead maker, bead vendor, etc. to understand the history of bead patterns and materials. Ms. Dubin's book is simply wonderful!
Beautiful, informative book
By wordgarden - October 26, 2010
This is a beautiful book with great pictures. For a jewelry maker like me, it's a great resource for info and ideas. I made an exact copies of some Tibetan earrings pictured in the book, and people always compliment me on them.
It's amazing to see the craftsmanship that was put into jewelry thousands of years ago and that many jewelry styles we wear today are so similar, if not exactly the same, as ancient designs.
I had taken this book out of the library a few times, but decided I wanted my own copy for reference and enjoyment.
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