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Seller: ancientgifts (4,323) 100%, Location: Lummi Island, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 381751202209 Details: TRANSLATE Arabic Chinese French German Greek Indonesian Italian Hindi Japanese Korean Swedish Portuguese Russian Spanish Your browser does not support JavaScript. To view this page, enable JavaScript if it is disabled or upgrade your browser. Click here to see 1,000 archaeology/ancient history books and 2,000 ancient artifacts, antique gemstones, antique jewelry! A Golden Legacy: Ancient Jewelry from the Burton Y. Berry Collection at the Indiana University Art Museum by Wolf Rudolph, with an Essay by Barbara Deppert. NOTE: We have 75,000 books in our library, almost 10,000 different titles. Odds are we have other copies of this same title in varying conditions, some less expensive, some better condition. We might also have different editions as well (some paperback, some hardcover, oftentimes international editions). If you don’t see what you want, please contact us and ask. We’re happy to send you a summary of the differing conditions and prices we may have for the same title. DESCRIPTION: Softcover: 332 pages. Publisher: Indiana University Art Museum; (1995). Jewelry is a necessary luxury, with costly materials and labor-intensive manufacture which establish it as extraordinary and sumptuous. Its nearly universal function as a commemoration of important passages, most notably engagements and weddings, deems it a necessity, even among the most austere of human beings. The urge to enhance our basic appearance with jewelry has evidently been part of human nature since our earliest beginnings. Thus the jewelry that survives, even from the most ancient of cultures, offers fascinating insights into our common humanity. For this and many other reasons, the vast holdings of ancient jewelry bequeathed by Burton Berry to the Indiana University Art Museum are most significant. Ambassador Berry was an indefatigable collector who assembled a remarkable collection tracing ancient jewelry from its beginnings in the Chalcolithic era to the early Christian and Byzantine ages. The collection tells us much about changing ideas, technologies, and tastes which shaped and reshaped the ways in which gold and silver, gems and stones, were used to make adornments. In addition, the sampling presented within this text, assembled out of his collection, provides some fascinating glimpses beyond the traditional inner circle of Greene and Rome. The jewelry presented takes the reader to the outposts of the ancient world, to Anatolia and the Balkans, to Iraq and the Levant, which though far-flung, were nevertheless active and vital parts of the ancient cosmos. In a way, these distant places are even more fascinating than the heartland, as they combine native traditions and vigor with colonial and imperial styles and aesthetics. Because Burton Berry collected on the “edges” of the ancient Classical world, and because he was so knowledgeable as a collector, the reader is treated to a unique perspective that reflects not only the extraordinary vision of the collector, but also the complexity and richness of the ancient world itself. CONDITION: New (but not entirely unblemished) MASSIVE (12”x9”, 3½ pound) softcover. Indiana University (1996) 344 pages. Pages are pristine; clean, crisp, unmarked, unmutilated, tightly bound, unambiguously unread. HOWEVER the covers do evidence moderate edge and corner shelfwear including a mild bumping to the spine head and heel. The bump to the spine heel, again, relatively mild, nonetheless result in a 1/2 inch split to the cover (at the spine heel), which was neatly repaired. The covers also evidence moderate rubbing/scuffing/scratching, particularly the front cover (the covers are high gloss black/deep green and so shows rub marks, scuff marks, and in this case, even scratch marks; simply the consequence of being shelved between other books). The book is clearly "new", it just evidences shelf wear typical of otherwise "new" stock from an open-shelf book store (such as Barnes & Noble, etc.) where stock might show some signs of handling, or "shop wear", consequence simply of being shelved and re-shelved. Satisfaction unconditionally guaranteed. In stock, ready to ship. No disappointments, no excuses. PROMPT SHIPPING! HEAVILY PADDED, DAMAGE-FREE PACKAGING! #2045j. PLEASE SEE IMAGES BELOW FOR SAMPLE PAGES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEW: REVIEW: As a collector, Burton Berry was not a specialist at all. He was interested in ancient bronze and glass, but also in fine rugs and Turkish embroideries. His great loves, however, were ancient coins, gems, cameos, and jewelry. What and how Berry collected is relevant, but it matters more what happened with his treasures. Most of his coins are in the American Numismatic Society in New York, and they are published in the two volumes of the Berry Sylloge. Many of his gemstones and cameos are at the Indiana University Art Museum, and they too are published, partially by himself. His jewelry was also published and discussed in conjunction with the International Symposium on Ancient Jewelry and Archaeology, held in Bloomington in 1991. All these are valuable contributions to scholarship. Would they exist if Berry had not collected, or if he had been another man than he was? Some art collectors have built their own museums, edifying their ego. Others routinely ask for the dedication of special pavilions or wings or special rooms deifying their names within public institutions. One may be angry to smile indulgently as these human foibles, these vanities. But it must be stressed that Burton Berry did not even think of asking for such favors. All he wanted was to serve archaeology and history, his alma mater, his home state, and his country. Author Wolf Rudolph is Associate Professor of Ancient Art and Classical Archaeology in the Department of History of Art at Indiana University's Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts. He has served as Director of the Halieis Excavations in Greece since 1970 and has published on ancient jewelry, Greek ceramics, and ancient urbanism. PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS: REVIEW: Exquisite gold pendants from the ancient Greek world, intricately cut openwork gold earrings and multicolored bead necklaces from the Roman Empire, sumptuous gold belt buckles from Byzantine. These are among the more than three hundred objects reproduced and documented in this meticulously researched exhibition catalog. Many of the objects, drawn from the vast and remarkable collection of ancient art amassed by Burton Y. Berry and belonging to the Indiana University Art Museum, are published here for the first time. The catalog is divided into sections on the Chalcolithic/Bronze age, Archaic/Classical, Hellenistic/Greco-Roman, Roman/Early Byzantine, and Byzantine periods. Each section is introduced by an essay placing the items in the context of their time. Maps, an illustrated essay on techniques, a chapter on Byzantine jewelry by Barbara Deppert, and an extensive bibliography make "A Golden Legacy" an indispensable resource for studying and enjoying the art of ancient jewelry. REVIEW: Documents over 300 examples of ancient gold jewelry from the Bronze Age to Byzantium. An invaluable resource for studying and enjoying the art of ancient jewelry. As a sourcebook on an important collection of ancient jewelry, this should become a standard work for museum and university libraries. READER REVIEW: REVIEW: Ambassador Berry assembled a remarkable collection of jewelry from the Chalcolothic era through to early Christian and Byzantine ages. This catalog which accompanied the exhibition presents 98 items with full, detailed commentary. A brief introduction to the techniques of ancient jewelry and background to the various cultures. I always ship books Media Mail in a padded mailer. This book is shipped FOR FREE via USPS INSURED media mail (“book rate”). All domestic shipments and most international shipments will include free USPS Delivery Confirmation (you might be able to update the status of your shipment on-line at the USPS Web Site and free insurance coverage). A small percentage of international shipments may require an additional fee for tracking and/or delivery confirmation. If you are concerned about a little wear and tear to the book in transit, I would suggest a boxed shipment - it is an extra $1.00. Whether via padded mailer or box, we will give discounts for multiple purchases. International orders are welcome, but shipping costs are substantially higher. Most international orders cost an additional $12.99 to $33.99 for an insuredshipment in a heavily padded mailer, and typically includes some form of rudimentary tracking and/or delivery confirmation (though for some countries, this is only available at additional cost). There is also a discount program which can cut postage costs by 50% to 75% if you’re buying about half-a-dozen books or more (5 kilos+). Rates and available services vary a bit from country to country. You can email or message me for a shipping cost quote, but I assure you they are as reasonable as USPS rates allow, and if it turns out the rate is too high for your pocketbook, we will cancel the sale at your request. ADDITIONAL PURCHASES do receive a VERY LARGE discount, typically about $5 per book (for each additional book after the first) so as to reward you for the economies of combined shipping/insurance costs. Your purchase will ordinarily be shipped within 48 hours of payment. We package as well as anyone in the business, with lots of protective padding and containers. Most of the items I offer come from the collection of a family friend who was active in the field of Archaeology for over forty years. However many of the items also come from purchases I make in Eastern Europe, India, and from the Levant (Eastern Mediterranean/Near East) from various institutions and dealers. Though I have always had an interest in archaeology, my own academic background was in sociology and cultural anthropology. After my retirement however, I found myself drawn to archaeology as well. Aside from my own personal collection, I have made extensive and frequent additions of my own via purchases on Ebay (of course), as well as many purchases from both dealers and institutions throughout the world – but especially in the Near East and in Eastern Europe. I spend over half of my year out of the United States, and have spent much of my life either in India or Eastern Europe. In fact much of what we generate on Yahoo, Amazon and Ebay goes to support The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, as well as some other worthy institutions in Europe connected with Anthropology and Archaeology. I acquire some small but interesting collections overseas from time-to-time, and have as well some duplicate items within my own collection which I occasionally decide to part with. Though I have a collection of ancient coins numbering in the tens of thousands, my primary interest is in ancient jewelry. My wife also is an active participant in the "business" of antique and ancient jewelry, and is from Russia. I would be happy to provide you with a certificate/guarantee of authenticity for any item you purchase from me. There is a $2 fee for mailing under separate cover. Whenever I am overseas I have made arrangements for purchases to be shipped out via domestic mail. If I am in the field, you may have to wait for a week or two for a COA to arrive via international air mail. But you can be sure your purchase will arrive properly packaged and promptly - even if I am absent. And when I am in a remote field location with merely a notebook computer, at times I am not able to access my email for a day or two, so be patient, I will always respond to every email. Please see our "ADDITIONAL TERMS OF SALE."

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