Talisman - Himalayan Treasures; Adornments from Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan, Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh, by Manfred Giehmann, Francoise Pommaret, Christina J. Creutz

Hardcover, 264 pages, color illustrated, Singapore 2020, new

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Himalayan Treasures - Adornments from Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan, Ladakh

& Arunachal Pradesh features the private jewellery collection of

Manfred Giehmann. Collected over 25 years during his numerous

discovery journeys in the different parts of the vast Himalayan

territory, the collection illustrates the region’s people heritage and

culture. It offers the reader a comprehensive view of the jewellery and

ornamental traditions from the many tribal groups living in this part of

the world.

More than 500 pieces of jewellery and adornments are displayed.

The amazing varieties of material, from gold, silver, brass, ivory,

semi-precious stones, shells, horn, and leather... demonstrates the

unlimited skills of the Himalayan jewellery craftsmen. This book has

been written in recognition of their talents.

In addition, an authoritative introduction by prominent French

scholar Françoise Pommaret, gives the reader a glance into the

lifestyles and social systems of the indigenous people of the Himalaya.

Dr. Pommaret is a cultural anthropologist (Ph.D). She is a

Tibetologist, an eminent Bhutanese specialist, a Director of

Research at the CNRS ( National Centre for Scientific Research,

France), and an associate Professor at the College of Language

and Culture (CLCS), Royal University of Bhutan. She has Published

numerous scholarly articles and books on different aspects of the

Bhutanese culture. She has co-edited and co-authored: Bhutan:

Mountain Fortress of the Gods, Serindia, London, 1997; Lhasa

in the Seventeenth Century, the Capital of the Dalai-Lamas, Brill,

Leiden, 2003; Bhutan; Tradition and Change, Brill, Leiden, 2007. Her

wide audience books in English are Bhutan, a cultural guidebook,

Odyssey Guidebook, 1990 and Tibet, an enduring civilization, 2003.

She is the recipient of the French Légion d’Honneur, and of the Gold

Medal of the National Order of Merit of Bhutan.

 

Autor: Manfred Giehmann; Francoise Pommaret; Christian J. Creutz
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