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Pearls

Author: Anna Beatriz Chadour-Sampson; Hubert Bari; Victoria and Albert Museum,; Qatar Museums Authority.
Publisher: London : V & A Publishing, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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'Pearls' traces the history of these coveted gems over the centuries and across cultures from East to West, from the Roman Empire right up to the present day. Historical portraits and contextual material explain the social and cultural significance of pearls, exploring the changing fashions in how pearls were worn, whether as signs of luxury and status or as attributes of the Virgin Mary.
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Genre/Form: Exhibition catalogs
History
Exhibition catalogues
Exhibitions
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Anna Beatriz Chadour-Sampson; Hubert Bari; Victoria and Albert Museum,; Qatar Museums Authority.
ISBN: 9781851777556 1851777555
OCLC Number: 854619048
Notes: "This book has been published to coincide with the exhibition 'Pearls' organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum and Qatar Museums Authority as part of the celebration of Qatar UK 2013"--Title page verso.
Description: 160 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: V & A Director's foreword / Martin Roth --
Qatar Museum's Authority foreword / Al-Mawassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani --
1. Pearl fisheries and the global trade / Hubert Bari --
2. The formation of pearls: natural and cultured / Hubert Bari --
3. Pearls in antquity: a desirable luxury / Beatriz Chadour-Sampson --
4. The Middle Ages: divine powers and purity / Beatriz Chadour-Sampson --
5. From the Renaissance to Rococo: a profusion of pearls / Beatriz Chadour-Sampson --
6. 1800-1900: sophistiocation and fashion trends / Beatriz Chadour-Sampson --
7. 1900 to the present: from the precious to the affordable / Beatriz Chadour-Sampson --
8. Opulence in the East / Beatriz Chadour-Sampson.
Responsibility: Beatriz Chadour-Sampson with Hubert Bari.

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For millennia pearls have been associated with royalty, glamour and status, treasured for their exquisite beauty. Pearls traces the history of these gems over centuries and across cultures, from the  Read more...

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