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Jewellery from the Orient

Jewellery from the Orient

Treasures from the Bir Collection

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Jewellery from the Orient

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Jewellery from the Orient - Treasures from the Bir Collection
320 pages
color photos
Hard cover with dust jacket
31 x 24 cm
2,021 kg

Jewellery sets off beauty and reveals wealth. Moreover, jewellery had a magical function in traditional societies because it attracted blessings and warded off evil.

In this book, readers follow the jewellery on an imaginary journey: From Turkey across the Mediterranean to north-western Africa and the Sahara to Ethiopia. From there the journey continues through Yemen via India and on to Thailand. From Afghanistan to Turkmenistan, to the Caucasus, eastern Turkey, Syria and Palestine.
Born in Freiburg i. Breisgau in 1929, the collector Ümit Bir was the son of a Turkish physician and a native of Freiburg. His passion for collecting began in 1960 on a trip through north-east Africa. One hundred and eighty more trips throughout the Near East would follow.
The Dr. Bir Collection comprising more than 3,000 pieces of jewellery is on loan to the Museum für Völkerkunde Leipzig. It is one of the largest private collections of oriental jewellery in existence. A selection of pieces from it are published here for the first time.