Ethnic Jewels

An appreciation of ethnic jewellery and adornment

Edith D
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Protecting Our Global Heritage: Don't Buy Antiquities

Started this discussion. Last reply by Edith D Feb 26, 2015. 4 Replies

When I was in Tunis, I was offered antiquities for sale on a number of occasions.  As a heritage specialist, I know what treasure hunters do to graves and archaeological sites.  So I always refuse to…Continue

Collecting the Humble: (My two cents worth)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chantal Aug 10, 2014. 69 Replies

Recently, it has come to my attention that some in our community think that only objects of the purest silver and gold are worth collecting.  People collect for many different reasons, and there is…Continue

Moshe Nemni, Reknowned Tunisian Silversmith

Started this discussion. Last reply by M.t.c.Janssen Jun 28, 2014. 11 Replies

Here is an interesting web site with a short article about Moshe Nemni and a video of a Tunisian silversmith working.…Continue

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Les Costumes Traditionnels Feminins de Tunisie

Started this discussion. Last reply by Edith D Jun 1, 2012. 1 Reply

I am currently searching for a copy of a book entitled "Les Costumes Traditionnels Feminins de Tunisie" by Aziza Ben Tanfous (ca. 1970).  If anyone has seen a copy of this book for sale, I would be…Continue

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Alaa eddine SAGID commented on Edith D's photo
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Tebe Earrings from Flores

"Very likely Edith. Most of earrings in the region used to follow the omega shape a very old pattern as you may know. Only in Eastern Nusa Tenggara and especially Flores can we find these constructions! Portuguese had a strong impact in this part of…"
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Edith D commented on Edith D's photo
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Tebe Earrings from Flores

"Thanks Alaa eeddine!  As you probably know, supposedly this earring form was influenced by Portuguese jewelry.  I decided to test this theory, so I googled photos of traditional jewelry from Portugal.   Here is a photo I…"
yesterday
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Buffalo Horn Comb

"Absolute brilliant find. Your sleuthing is very interesting and indeed all these icons are related! The boat was central to the Austronesian people for it helped them accomplish their odissey and kept them alive after they left their taiwanese…"
Sunday
Alaa eddine SAGID commented on Edith D's photo
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Tebe Earrings from Flores

"I was under the impression after visiting many times and a bit of research that the core material of all the malay adornments (i mean the ethnicity not the nationality) is GOLD. Gold was definetely the most preferred material for jewelry making in…"
Sunday
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Whalebone Comb from Tanimbar

"Also, if anyone has a similar object that needs to be cleaned, here is an extremely useful link: http://canada.pch.gc.ca/eng/1439925170216"
Apr 19
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Whalebone Comb from Tanimbar

"Thanks Thelma:  I was very taken by the design on this piece, which seems to be very typical of the region.  I cannot tell you for certain what the design means, but I have a few ideas about it.  The face could represent an ancestor…"
Apr 19
Thelma commented on Edith D's photo
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Whalebone Comb from Tanimbar

"This is very interesting, Edith. Do you know anything about the decoration... the head and those strange curly locks of hair? It looks as if there could be some sort of story behind it."
Apr 19
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Whalebone Comb from Tanimbar

"The pins are probably ferrous.  The gap between the edge trim and the body of the comb is likely the result of a combination of shrinkage and rusting of the pins.  As metal rusts, it expands.  Combination pieces like this one are…"
Apr 19
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Whalebone Comb from Tanimbar

"After a light surface cleaning with some filtered water, one can see the rather interesting construction.  The whalebone is secured with tiny pins."
Apr 19
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Whalebone Comb from Tanimbar

The edges of this comb are trimmed with slivers of whalebone. The front is inlaid with a piece of carved whalebone decorated with an interlacing pattern and a face. The seller claimed it was 19th century. It would be difficult to confirm this, but…
Apr 17
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Buffalo Horn Comb

"Here are some additional ruminations about the meaning of the shape of this comb.  The form is echoed in the repeating shape of stacked buffalo horns attached to Sumatran houses.  Here is a photo... The idea of stacking is also echoes in…"
Apr 15
Edith D commented on Edith D's photo
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Buffalo Horn Comb

"Here is a photo of an old textile from the same region with a design that echoes the one in the comb."
Apr 15
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Buffalo Horn Comb

"Thanks! I was very excited to find this. I have been researching the iconography, which I have discovered is similar to some of the Sumatran textiles. If I understand it correctly, the type of shape at the top of the comb represents both a ship and…"
Apr 13
Betty commented on Edith D's photo
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Buffalo Horn Comb

"Very beautiful, Edith!"
Apr 13
Edith D commented on LauraRamsay's photo
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Nepalese Brooch

"Really pretty! It looks like Ganesha."
Apr 12
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An Old Batik

"Thanks Thelma, it never occurred to me that it would attract bees! By the way, I have been told that this particular pattern is the result of Chinese and Japanese influence in Java. I suspect that this piece is at least 50 years old, but it is 20th…"
Apr 11

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At 21:59 on September 18, 2011, SARAH CORBETT said…

Hi Edith, I am delighted to welcome you to the ethnic jewels website.

I hope that you will enjoy browsing the content here, and getting to know the members of the community.

Warmest wishes

Sarah

 
 
 

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