Exhibitions Archive - Ethnic
JEWELLERY: Made By, Worn By
In its forthcoming winter exhibition, Museum Volkenkunde will be presenting the largest collection of jewellery ever to be displayed in a Dutch museum. Almost 1,000 items of jewellery by designers from all over the world will guarantee a feast for the eye, as well as plenty of surprises and no small measure of wonder. As well as exploring how people around the world adorn themselves, the exhibition will also zoom in on the makers, the techniques they use, and the extraordinary stories of some of those who wear the jewellery. Besides jewellery from its own collection, which spans several centuries, the museum will also be showing recent pieces by designers from all over the world. Their work demonstrates their love of traditional techniques, motifs and materials, which they use as inspiration for new applications, occasionally combining them with new techniques. This produces some exciting and impressive pieces, like the rings designed by Johanna Dahm, who learnt the Asante gold casting method from a master goldsmith in Ghana, West Africa. One unique element of this exhibition is the five designers who have been invited to take a new look at the collection. In a workshop specially set up for them in the exhibition, they will make an item of jewellery inspired by the museum’s collection. Visitors will also have the opportunity to make a piece of jewellery to take home.
13/12/17 - 3/06/2018
Museum Volkenkunde, Steenstraat 1, 2312 BS Leiden, Netherlands
Jewels of the distant east. Gold Across the Seas
Following on from Jewellery from the Roof of the World (2012), which led us down the trails of the Silk Road, this exhibition will follow the seafaring routes of this legendary trading circuit illustrated by the magic of archaeological and ethnic jewellery. So as to bring out the opulence and diversity of the cultures of the kingdoms from Arabia to Insulindia, the guiding thread of this waterborne journey will be gold, the legendary symbol of eternity. More than three hundred gleaming jewels, from private collections, will take visitors on a voyage through time and space. Their entrancing beauty and variety will return bygone civilisations to life and paint a detailed picture of a world of symbolism threatened with oblivion. The exhibition will also feature sculptures and textiles from the collections of the MEG, musée d’ethnographie de Genève, the Musée Barbier-Mueller and from a private collection. An exhibition catalogue in French is on sale at the museum.
28/09/2016 – 26/02/2017
Fondation Baur, Musée des Arts d’Extrême-Orient, 8 rue Munier-Romilly, 1206 Genève, Switzerland
Take it personally
Personal adornment is important to people everywhere - and has been throughout the ages. And why is so much of our cultural heritage about adornment? Archaeological and ethnographic collections are full of adornments people wore during the small and great moments of their lives. The interplay between body and adornment creates an intimate and powerful bond, which some cultures call magic. The objects in this exhibition have been carefully chosen. Each was once special in its own time, in its own right. Many have exciting stories to tell and this time, you really should should take it personally. Welcome to the wonderful world of adornment!
12/06/2015 – 2/10/2016
Museum of Cultural History, Frederiks gate 2, 0164 Oslo, Norway
Gürtelschließen aus dem Balkan, Asien und Nordafrika
Belt Buckles from the Balkans, Asia and North Africa
As with all articles of clothing, belts and their fastenings are governed by fashion. Not only do they keep skirts and trousers in the desired position and hold open garments closed but they can also express wealth, social status, and regional origin. Many belts and belt fasteners additionally serve as jewellery. A further aspect is much more difficult for the observer to interpret – their magical or symbolic meaning. This exhibition displays around 150 examples from 30 countries belonging to an extensive private collection. The exhibition pieces demonstrate an immense diversity of design elements such as elaborate ornamental patterns, landscape views, botanical motifs, and human forms. A wide spectrum of different techniques, design inceptions, motifs, and artistic details is represented.
17/05/2015 - 27/09/2015
Deutsches Goldschmiedehaus Hanau, Gesellschaft für Goldschmiedekunst e. V., Altstädter Markt 6, 63450 Hanau, Germany
This is the first major exhibition in Asia to explore the visual dialogue between art jewellery by established living artists and traditional jewels from various cultures around the world. 10 contemporary artists will be showcasing their work in the exhibition, including Jannis Kounellis from Greece, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov from Russia and German installation artist Rebecca Horn, alongside 80 pieces from the World Jewellery Museum's permanent collection. By combining old and new jewels in groups, the exhibition will offer 15 "matchmaking" encounters, bringing together ethnology and contemporary art and allowing visitors to explore the similarities and differences between the old and the new.
5/09/2013 - 27/10/2013
World Jewellery Museum, 75-3 Hwa-dong, Jongro-gu, Seoul, Korea
Quand le corps se fait parure : bijoux et ornements des cultures non européennes
When the body is adornment : jewellery and ornaments of non-European cultures
On every continent since the dawn of time, wherever people still asserts their full membership in the community and the group, body adornment reigns supreme. It is that which regulates the stages of life, notes births and deaths, immortalises weddings, displays blood and wealth, exalts virility or femininity, underlines or emphasises beauty, proclaims the role of man in the cosmos and his relationship with the spirits. The body appears as a language, whose vocabulary is immense and grammar without limit. Body paintings of Amazonian Indians face the strange fashions of the Papuans of New Guinea, the compressed skulls of American Indians contrast with the amazing earrings of the Miao (China), all signs, visible or hidden, that allow men and women to announce their relationship with the world. Warning! Although this small exhibition is open to all, it is actually intended for the visually impaired and blind and the number of exhibits is therefore limited
18/03/2011 - 20/10/2012
Musée du Cinquentenaire (Museum of the Blind), 10 Parc du Cinquantenaire Jubelpark - 1000 - Brussels, Belgium
Portable Treasuries: Silver Jewelry from the Nadler Collection
Collectors Daniel and Serga Nadler have assembled a unique collection of silver jewelry from around the world, including massive neck ornaments, anklets, bracelets, complex earrings, and a wide variety of brooches and fibulae. The exhibition will present approximately 150 works, from North Africa, the Indian Subcontinent, and the hill tribes of Southeast Asia. This marks the inaugural exhibition of the Nadler Collection, which was generously donated as a promised gift to the Museum of Arts and Design. The jewelry is beautifully crafted, and sadly is in diminishing supply; over the years, many works have been melted down for their silver.
16/02/2010 - 8/08/2010
Museum of Arts and Design, New York NY, USA
Tradition and Modernity - Oriental traditional jewellery in transition
More than 200 pieces of traditional jewellery, from the collections of Dr. Bir, Herman E. Rudolph, Dr Waltraud Ganguly, Inge Prokot and Sybille Jargsdorf, are displayed, including men's jewelry, coins and jewelry, the power of the scriptures, in the Sign of the Cross, the hand of Peace - hand of reconciliation, women's jewelry in India, Central Asia, turquoise jewelry, ring parable - Jewelry from Israel and Zar amulets from Egypt.
05/07/09 – 19/09/09
Deutsches Goldschmiedehaus, Hanau, Germany
The Art of Being a Man, Africa, Oceania
The men of Africa and Oceania seldom appear in public unadorned. The jewellery and symbols they wear in everyday life or on the occasion of cult ceremonies constitute a rich palimpsest of layered experiences, not least of the initiation rites that mark the different phases of men's lives. Male jewellery designed for men, but sometimes shared with women, is extremely diverse. The inhabitants of Sub-Saharan Africa and the Pacific Islands have traditionally derived much of their inspiration from their surroundings, drawing on a huge range of raw materials to fashion artefacts of genuine formal richness, ranging from the strictly minimalist to the overwhelmingly profuse. In Africa, the skin, teeth and claws of leopards, lions and elephants, and in Oceania those of pigs, dogs and sperm whales, together with bird plumage, are greatly sought after for making jewellery that connotes prestige, as they symbolize power and vitality, and offer protection to their wearers. This exhibition will include more than one hundred and fifty exhibits, many of them never before seen in public, from private and public collections.
15/10/2009 – 11/07/2010
Musée Dapper, Paris, France
Bijoux de l’Homme, Bijoux de la Terre: jewellery from the Barbier-Mueller Collections
Art is man added to nature: Vincent van Gogh. The jewellery collection is an important part of the Barbier-Mueller Museum. But although numerous new acquisitions have enhanced the collection and in spite of our visitors’ persistent requests, the jewellery has not been shown since 1994. Alexis, the grandson of the Museum founders Jean Paul and Monique Barbier-Mueller, started taking a keen interest in minerals at a very early age. Fascinated by the strangeness of certain specimens and their sumptuous colours, he now possesses a collection of ‘jewels of the earth’ combining beauty and rarity. Presented here for the first time, these minerals are brought face to face with the ethnic jewellery of the Barbier-Mueller Museum Collection, made from raw materials, shells and semi-precious stones. We should point out that this selection from Alexis Barbier-Mueller’s collection was not designed to present the rarest, but rather to highlight its most spectacular pieces. It is also interesting to note that the exhibition and its fine catalogue bring together a large number of pieces that belonged to Josef Mueller, founder of the family collection in 1907, with those collected by a representative of the fourth generation – a hundred years later.
1/12/2009 – 15/05/2010
Barbier-Mueller Museum of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
Past and Present. Animal-themed amulets from Asia and Africa
An exhibition of jewellery, ornaments, amulets and talismans and everyday utensils from Africa and Asia on the theme of the symbolic animal.
15/05/09 – 15/11/09
Musée des Beaux-Arts Salies, Bagnères-de-Bigorre, France
Passages: Photographs of Africa by Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher
Presented in large format color photographs, photographers Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher’s images of African ritual practices are vivid, rich, intimate and intense. This dynamic exhibition of images from around the African continent is divided into six themes: Coming of Age, Courtship and Marriage, Beliefs and Worship, Masks and Masquerades, Royalty and Power, and Spirits and Ancestors. The exhibition also includes six documentary videos, plus a selection of jewelry, masks, sculpture, and other African artifacts, drawn from the Bowers Museum’s holdings as well as the photographers’ personal collections, representing the cultures and themes seen in the images.
15/11/2008 - 16/08/2009
Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, Santa Ana, CA, USA
Na przekór. Kabylia
Against the Grain: Kabylia
The latest exhibition at the Ethnographic Museum of Kraków confronts stereotypes of Islam and Africa. To combat the tendency towards simplification and generalisation, the exhibition focuses on only one sliver of this world – Kabylia, a region in northern Algeria, whose culture – despite all odds – has preserved its identity over the span of almost two thousand years. Jewellery and ceramics best express Kabyle culture as they demonstrate the high social status of Kabyle women. It was thanks to women that their cultural code survived, and during some periods this code took on a very conspiratorial form – it became the reference point for the social and nationalistic aspirations of the Kabyle people. The story about Kabylia is told through objects, including jewellery from the private collection of Urszula Zanotti.
8/07/2017 – 22/10/2017
Muzeum Etnograficzne, ul. Krakowska 46, 31-066 Kraków, Poland
Das Silber des Mondes – Berberschmuck aus Algerien
Silver of the moon - Berber jewellery from Algeria
In its exhibitions, the Deutsche Goldschmiedehaus Hanau repeatedly deals with topics on ethnological jewellery. This exhibition, from the Zanotti Collection, shows some 200 silver works from the cultural region of the Berbers or Imazighen: Kabyle, the Aurès, the Sahara Atlas and the Tuareg region. The Berbers were the original population of North Africa, whose customs and customs are increasingly threatened by destruction. Their jewellery is unique in its design and has a distinctive character. Algerian jewellery from the first half of the 20th century has become very rare. Although silver is the predominant material, coral is also used and filigree and enamel are used as decorative techniques. Some of the work also includes silver coins, which found their way to North Africa in the 17th and 18th century. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue.
2/02/2016 - 15/06/2017
Deutsches Goldschmiedehaus, Altstädter Markt 6, 63450 Hanau, Germany
Des trésors à porter. Bijoux et parures du Maghreb
This exhibition will explore the world of wopmen's ornament through the jewellery of the Maghreb, on display for the first time from the Bouvier collection. This precious-metal jewellery, made from gold, silver and silver-gilt, was produced and distributed in urban or rural areas and covers the period from the mid-nineteenth century to the early twentieth century. Festive and everyday jewellery alike, it reveals the inventiveness and expertise of the artisans and individuals which created it. Female ornaments from Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia are characterized by a rich corpus of head and temporal ornaments, earrings, necklaces, brooches, bracelets and anklets that have a utilitarian function, but are also ornamental and protective . The variety of their forms, their designs and their technical skill reflects the diversity of peoples and the identity of the regions that make up the Arab world today.
11/02/2016 - 8/01/2017
Institut du Monde Arabe, 1, rue des Fossés-Saint-Bernard, Place Mohammed-V 75005 Paris, France
Enchanting: Bedouin Silver
This exhibition is organized in association with a major exhibition on Egyptian Magic and is based on the book Desert Silver. It features silver jewellery from three private collections, including a display of face veils as ornaments.
16/10/2010 - 13/03/2011
Rijksmuseum van Oudheden, Leiden, Netherlands
Des bijoux à la manière de Pierre-Alain Pingoud
In this unique exhibition, Pierre-Alain Pingoud, a Swiss artist resident in Taroudant, reveals his creative side, inspired by Berber jewellery without giving any impression of imitation. This Amazigh world represents for the artist a true melting pot of generosity in the field of creation of jewellery from which he draws ideas which he reinvents in his own way. For Pierre-Alain Pingoud, the jewel must be invested with its origin; adornment. It must get away from all affectation, both in its form and in its monetary value. It is matched to the wearer; it is individual, it carries in its the function the circumstances of clothing, mood. A rich and diverse collection to discover at the Musée de la Palmeraie.
15/04/2014 – 30/06/2014
Musée de l'art de vivre de Marrakech, 2, Derb Chérif , Diour Saboun, Marrakech, Médina, Morocco
Femmes berbères du Maroc
An opportunity to share the wealth of the Amazigh (Berber) heritage, but also to honour the Berber women to whom it owes so much of its survival. This can be explained by the transmission of language, but also know-how - including mostly female arts such as weaving, or pottery in the north of the kingdom. Finally, it is the opportunity to show the beauty of Berber jewellery, from various regions, but always extraordinary. From the finest objects preserved in the Berber Museum du jardin Majorelle in Marrakech and also from the special collections of the Musée du quai Branly, the exhibition explores the central role of women in Berber culture.
21/03/2014 - 20/07/2014
la Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent, 5 avenue Marceau F-75116 Paris, France
15/05/2015 - 15/07/2015
La Bibliothèque Nationale du Royaume du Maroc, Avenue Ibn Khaldoun, Agdal Rabat, Morocco
Morocco - Photographs by Elias Harrus and Pauline Prior
The key focus of the exhibition will be photographs from the 1940s and 1950s, when a significant Jewish community lived in the Atlas Mountains and Sahara oases. These evocative photographs reflect the deep links in Morocco between the Jewish and Muslim communities, their religious life, crafts and traditions. Also on display will be objects reflecting Jewish life in Morocco, including costumes and jewellery
11/11/2010 - 6/03/2011
Jewish Museum, London, UK
Tuareg: People of the Veil
Tuareg: People of the Veil provides a fascinating insight into the culture of the Tuareg people of north west Africa, through the exploration of Tuareg clothing and jewellery. Ornate amulets, veils and slippers are set within their social and historical context to illuminate their significance to Tuareg culture.
27/03/2010 - 27/02/2011
Horniman Museum, London, UK
Desert Jewels: North African Jewelry and Photography from the Xavier Guerrand-Hermes Collection
Organized by the Museum for African Art, New York, this exhibition features approximately eighty examples of exquisite North African jewelry and nearly thirty original photographs taken in Morocco, Algeria and Egypt in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. A full color catalogue with essays by Cynthia Becker and Kristyne Loughran accompanies the exhibition.
8/05/2010 - 8/08/2010
Arab American National Museum, Dearborn, MI, USA
4/09/2010 - 5/12/2010
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA, USA
5/10/2012 - 21/01/2013
The Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD), 685 Mission Street (at Third), San Francisco, California 94105, USA
Charles Edenshaw (1839-1920) was recognized in his time as an exceptional Haida artist and remains an iconic figure in Northwest Coast art. His work serves as a testament to a tremendous individual spirit and a singular talent. With over 200 pieces assembled from public and private collections from around the world, this first major survey of Edenshaw's work features the full range of objects that he produced, including the carved silver bracelets that epitomise this art. His development of overlapping and interwoven forms was unprecedented and brought new vitality to the subject. The exhibition concludes with a consideration of the artist's tremendous Legacy among artists past and present. Featuring copies of Edenshaw's designs as well as works by his contemporaries for comparison, this section reveals how successive generations of scholars have developed and contributed to our knowledge of Edenshaw's work. The exhibition is complemented by a fully-illustrated book co-published by the Vancouver Art Gallery and Black Dog Publishing (London).
26/10/2013 – 2/02/2014
Vancouver Art Gallery,750 Hornby Street, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2H7, Canada
Thunderbirds: Jewelry of the Santo Domingo Pueblo
Santo Domingo Pueblo in New Mexico has the longest jewellery-making tradition of any of the southwest pueblos. During the 20th century, they created a fascinating type of jewellery that until now has received little attention. Sometimes called Depression Jewellery, or, as the makers themselves referred to it, Thunderbird Jewellery, it is a true expression of folk art. Economic conditions and the rise of tourism in the 1930s led to the modification and creation of jewellery made from non-traditional materials such as car batteries along with the use of the thunderbird motif.
27/06/2015 - 5/09/2016
Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, 326 West Francis Street, Williamsburg, VA 23185, USA
Turquoise, Water, Sky: The Stone and Its Meaning
People in the Southwest have used turquoise for jewelry and ceremonial purposes and traded valuable stones both within and outside the region for over a thousand years. Turquoise, Water, Sky presents hundreds of necklaces, bracelets, belts, rings, earrings, silver boxes and other objects illustrating how the stone was used and its deep significance to the people of the region. This exhibition highlights the Museum’s extensive collection of Southwestern turquoise jewelry and presents all aspects of the stone, from geology, mining and history, to questions of authenticity and value.
13/04/2014 – 2/05/2014
The Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, 710 Camino Lejo off Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, USA
Native American Weavings and Jewelry, From the Kennedy Museum of Art, Athens
Art and craftsmanship, spirituality and dynamic design, all come together in this remarkable exhibition of more than forty Navaho weavings and more than sixty pieces of Hopi, Navaho, Pueblo, and Zuni jewelry, ranging in age from the mid-1800s to the 1990s.
25/05/2012 – 26/08/2012
The Art Museum, at the University of Kentucky, Singletary Center for the Arts, 405 Rose St. at Euclid Ave, Lexington, KY 40506-0241, USA
All that glitters: American Indian Gold Jewelry
This dazzling exhibit chronicles the development of American Indian gold jewelry from the 1960s to the present, featuring stunning items from the Heard Museum's permanent collection. Each artist brings his or her personal aesthetic and experiences to the work resulting in an exhibit that is a must-see for any jewelry lover. Works by Charles Loloma (Hopi), Harvey Begay (Navajo), Charles Supplee (Hopi/French) and the collaborative work of Yazzie Johnson (Navajo) and Gail Bird (Santo Domingo/Laguna) will be on display [left: butterfly pins by Johnson and Bird]. Other well-known contemporary jewelers included in the exhibit are Denise Wallace (Aleut), Victor Beck (Navajo), Shawn Bluejacket (Shawnee), Larry Golsh (Pala Mission), Edison Cummings (Navajo), Elizabeth Wallace (Navajo/Maidu/Washoe), Keri Ataumbi (Kiowa) and Maria Samora (Taos).
10/12/2011 - 21/05/2012
Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA
Weiter als der Horizont - Kunst der Welt: Der Mondflüsterer
Beyond the Horizon - Art of the World: the Moon Whisperer. Native American art prints and silver jewellery of the Canadian Pacific coast from the Larink collection
In 1979, Renate and Walter Larink "discovered" for the first time the art of the indigenous peoples of Canada's northwest coast and began to collect silkscreen prints, jewellery and wood carvings. Through their collector's passion they quickly developed friendships with artists from British Columbia, and Walter Larink became one of the best connoisseurs of contemporary art of the First Nations of Canada's Pacific coast. Since 2003, Renate and Walter Larink have generaously presented pieces from their collection to the State Museum of Ethnology in Munich. We are pleased that we can now display a selection of screen prints and silver jewellery from this collection.
22/09/2011 – 31/01/2012
Staatliches Museum für Völkerkunde, D-80538 München, Germany
Wampum Belts of Chartres Cathedral
In honor of the Lake Champlain Quadricentennial, this exhibition celebrates the shared history between the indigenous peoples of the region and French and English cultures.The exhibit features two masterpieces of Native American art and culture from the Treasury of Chartres Cathedral in France on view for the first time in the United States. Made in the 17th century by the Abenaki and Huron peoples and given to the Jesuit order, the Wampum belts are among the most important works from the cathedral treasury. Made possible by the Consulate General of France in Boston, the Bishop of Chartres and the Musee des Beaux-Arts de Chartres.
2/07/2009 - 31/07/2009
Shelburne Museum, Vermont, USA
Diadem and Dagger: Jewish Silversmiths of Yemen
This focus show of approximately 25 objects introduces Yemeni-Jewish silverwork from the Zucker Family Trust collection. The rarely exhibited pieces dating to the 17th–19th century are inscribed in Hebrew and Arabic and reference the Muslim ruler and Jewish craftsman. Biblical tradition celebrates ties between the Arabian kingdom and Israel from the time of Queen Sheba and King Solomon, and it is known that Jews resided in Yemen since the time of Nebuchadnezzar’s siege of Jerusalem in the 580s B.C. From the inception of Islam in the seventh century, Jewish and Muslim communities co-existed in Yemen, although few Jews live there today. Yemeni-Jewish craftsmen produced beautiful silver pieces characterized by elaborate granulation and filigree decoration for Muslim and Jew alike. This exhibition explores the significant role and superb craftsmanship of the Jewish silversmith in the Arab world.
27/10/2012 – 21/01/2013
The Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21201, USA
Adornment and Identity: Silver Jewellery from Oman
This display celebrates the recent acquisition of a stunning collection of Omani jewellery. Mostly dating from the 1950s, it covers all types of ornament from anklets to amulets, with sections devoted to children, the use of texts from the Qur’an, coral and carnelian.
21/01/2011 – 11/09/2011
The British Museum, London, UK
L’Orient des femmes vu par Christian Lacroix
Women in the Orient, through the eyes of Christian Lacroix
Since the 1970s, the image and appearance of Near Eastern women have changed. Today, what we call "Islamic dress" imposes itself across the region. This dark costume completely covers the body of woman, leaving no part visible, and is in fact leading to the progressive abandonment of traditional eastern costumes. This exhibition aims to present the traditional costumes of female villagers and Bedouins, whose richness and splendour evoked the admiration of 20th century travellers. It will take you on a journey from Northern Syria to culminate in the Sinaï desert, revealing, step by step, the costumes of Syrian, Jordanian, Palestinian and Bedouin women. It is punctuated by stylised dummies in traditional costumes and by wedding chests containing the accessories of the traditional bride's trousseau.
8/02/2011 – 15/05/2011
Musée du Quai Branly, Paris, France
Treasures of the Ottoman sultans
The exposition comprises outstanding Turkish artworks from the funds of the famous Topkapi Palace in Istanbul, the city called "a cultural capital of Europe of 2010". It explores a variety of techniques and forms of the Turkish decorative and applied arts as well as delicacy of craftsmanship of the makers at the Sultans’ court. The display includes remarkable pieces of weaponry, jewellery, interior utensils, executed on the order of the Turkish Sultans or granted to them as precious gifts.
25/05/2010 – 15/08/2010
Assumption Belfry of the Kremlin, Moscow, Russia
Dagestan Jewelry Art
Exhibition of jewellery from collection of the Dagestan Museum of Fine Arts named after P.S.Gamzatova.
9/12/2016 – 19/02/2017
Marshall Vasilevskiy Sq. 1, 236016 Kaliningrad, Russia
Secrets of the Silk Road
This exhibition explores the history of the vast desert landscape of the Tarim Basin, located in Western China, and the mystery of the peoples who lived there. Located at the crossroads between East and West, oasis towns within the Tarim Basin were key way stations for anyone traveling on the legendary Silk Road. Extraordinarily well-preserved human remains found at these sites reveal ancient people of unknown descent. Caucasian in appearance, these mummies challenge long-held beliefs about the history of the area, and early human migration. The material excavated suggests the area was active for thousands of years, with diverse languages, lifestyles, religions, and cultures present. This exhibit provides a chance to investigate this captivating material to begin to uncover some of the secrets of the Silk Road.
5/02/2011 - 5/06/2011
Penn Museum, Philadelphia, PA, USA
Silberschatz der Steppe. Turkmenenschmuck aus einer Privatsammlung
The Silver Treasure of the Steppes. Turkmen jewellery from a private collection
Fascination with the subject of "jewellery" can best be comprehended through the observation of traditional Turkmen jeweller’s products. The Viennese ethnologist Alfred Janata once called this the "most beautiful jewellery in the world." Turkmen jewellery, however, is more than just an expression of aesthetic sense and splendour, it is a status symbol and a marker for the age group the woman wearing it belongs to. It satisfies the need for jewellery as well as the vanity of the individual woman. At the same time, it serves as an indicator of her social and ethnic affiliation und the relations of the people within the group. The valuable silver jewellery of the Turkmen, often fire-gilded and covered with carnelians or pastes, not only accentuates its beauty, but it also serves as an amulet, protecting its wearer from calamitous powers. As a prestigious object this jewellery constituted the family’s investment into which economic surpluses could be fed and which they have always reverted to during times of need. This silver treasure from the steppes of middle Asia – collected and carefully sheltered by two lovers of jewellery – is for the first time being introduced to the public with this special exhibition.
26/06/2016 - 16/10/2016
Völkerkundemuseum Herrnhut, Goethestraße 1, 02747 Herrnhut, Germany
Splendid Treasures of the Turkomen Tribes from Central Asia
The Silk Road moved goods, ideas and peoples both east and west across Asia. The Turkomen, now occupying the modern state of Turkmenistan, are one of these peoples, and their ornate silver jewelry reflects their nomadic history. Geometry predominates in the designs, and cultural preferences in music and religious beliefs are in evidence. This exhibition has been organized by the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, the State Museum of Florida, Florida State University, Sarasota, Florida.
22/01/2013 – 10/05/2013
Frank H. McClung Museum, The University of Tennessee, 1327 Circle Park Drive, Knoxville, Tennessee 37996-3200, USA
Turkmen Jewelry from the Collection of Marshall and Marilyn R. Wolf
This exhibition of nineteenth- and twentieth-century Turkmen jewelry and decorative objects features some fifty works from the collection of Marshall and Marilyn R. Wolf, and celebrates their recent gift and promised gift of more than 250 of these works. On view will be fire-gilded silver crowns, earrings, and pectoral ornaments that are part of the traditional attire of Turkmen women. Decoration often includes inset carnelians and turquoise, granulation, and small bells suspended from chains. The repertoire of motifs varies according to the tribe of the maker and owner, and the exhibition will highlight distinctive designs from Teke, Yomut, and Kazakh jewelry-makers. To complement the jewelry, Turkmen costume and carpets will also be shown.
9/10/2012 - 24/02/2013
Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street, New York, New York 10028-0198, USA
Splendid Treasures of the Turkomen Tribes from Central Asia
The Central Asian landscape can be bleak and harsh, but the lives of the Turkomen tribes who inhabit the region are enriched by their skill at creating sophisticated and elaborate jewelry. This exhibition features a collection of more than 40 objects, recently donated by Stephen Van C. Wilberding, former senior advisor to the Saudi Arabia Monetary Agency, created in the late 19th to early 20th centuries, focusing on the important milestones and rhythms of daily life of these semi-nomadic people. These objects provide a unique window into the extraordinary decorative and spiritual elements of these tribes and their pastoral lifestyles.
24/04/2010 – 30/01/2011
The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota FL, USA
Crowns of the Vajra Masters: Ritual Art of Nepal
The single most potent symbol of Buddhist ritual as performed in Nepal is the Vajracarya priest's crown. Five examples presented in this exhibition will create a cosmic field into which viewers will enter, encircled by paintings of ritual performance. The exhibition is occasioned by the recent acquisition of a superb early Vajracarya crown dating to the 13th or early 14th century; this will be joined by an 18th-century crown already in the collection and two others recently discovered in the Department of Arms and Armor. Bronze and wooden ritual utensils, Nepalese cloth paintings, and archival photographs of ritual enactment will complete the exhibition.
16/12/2017 - 16/12/2018
The Met Fifth Avenue, 1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10028, USA
South Asia - general
The Celestial Gold
The jewelry of the Himalayas has been reserved for the wealthy and powerful for centuries, reflecting social and political status, while expressing deeply ingrained views about what is beautiful. Often ornate, these private adornments for public display are resplendent with turquoise and coral, encrusted with pearl and lapis lazuli, with gold filigree embracing the stones and deities adorning them. Their exquisite craftsmanship manifests the prestige and authority of those who wear them. In addition to serving as important cultural signifiers, Himalayan jewelry reflects the great religious traditions of Buddhism and Hinduism. As ornaments of faith, they are often metaphors for spiritual ideals. In Himalayan Buddhist art, the gods and goddesses are richly adorned with crowns, necklaces, earrings, armlets and the like. This adornment reflects cultural perspectives on sensuality and its role within the spiritual path. This exhibition, brought to the public in association with Rossi & Rossi London, includes some of the finest gold jewelry from the Himalayas, providing a rare glimpse into the role of adornment, aesthetics and sensuality within Tibetan culture and Buddhism.
17/03/2011 - 4/05/2011
Tibet House US, New York, NY, USA
Jewellery from the Himalayan kingdoms
Around 180 pieces, jewellery, amulets and necklaces, from the collection of Bianca Maggi, accompanied by a series of photographs taken in the Himalayan territory by her daughter, Susanna Melesi.
16/05/2009 – 28/06/2009
Galleria Civica, Campione D'Italia, Italy
Esplendores do Oriente - Jóias de Ouro da Antiga Goa
Splendours of the East – Ancient Golden Jewellery from Goa
This exhibition consists of 392 pieces of jewellery from the 18th and 19th century, that have been locked in a safe for the last 50 years. This collection is seen as a reflection of the Portuguese colonisation of Goa, as it portrays the encounter between the Hindu and Christian worlds.
16/04/2014 – 7/09/2014
Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga, Rua das Janelas Verdes, 1249 (Palácio Alvor), Lisbon, Portugal
Schmuck der Maharajas – Aus den Schatzkammern indischer Fürsten
The Jewels of the Maharajas - from the Treasuries of India's Royal Courts
This exhibition features over 100 works with an insight into the fascinating world of historic Indian jewellery from the 16th to the 19th century and shows, along with magnificent pieces from royal treasuries and precious jades, the jewellery of the nomadic people of the Rabari, elaborately decorated with fine gold granules.
9/03/2013 - 1/09/2013
Schaezlerpalais, Maximilian Strasse 48, D-86150 Augsburg, Germany
A beautiful display of traditional Indian jewellery, focusing on the unique ornaments worn by Indian brides. This small display features examples of the haar (necklace), churiya (bangles), and payal or pajeb (anklets) as well as items worn only by the bride and information on the history of jewellery in India.
16/10/2012 – 24/11/2012
Central Library and Museum (1st floor), Lichfield Street, Walsall, WS1 1TR, UK
Maharaja: The Splendour of India's Royal Courts
Spanning the last 300 years of India's culture - from the beginning of the 18th century, to the end of British rule in 1947, and concluding with a look at the legacy of the Maharajas today - the exhibition examines the social and historical role of these kings and their courts, bringing to light the ancient royal traditions that have permeated the lives of descendants worldwide. Among the 200 objects on view are some of India's greatest treasures, including the magnificent Patiala Necklace, part of the largest single commission that the French house of Cartier has ever executed. Completed in 1928 and restored in 2002, this piece of ceremonial jewellery contains 2,930 diamonds and weighs almost one thousand carats.
10/9/2009 – 17/1/2010
V&A, London, UK
6/03/2010 - 30/05/2010
Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung, Munich, Germany
20/10/2010 – 3/04/2011
Art Gallery of Ontario/Musée des beaux-arts de l’Ontario, Toronto, Canada
Treasury of the World: Jewelled Arts of India in the Age of the Mughals
The pieces in this exhibition exemplify the artistic sophistication and technical finesse of Indian craftsmen in the age of the Mughals, especially during the 16th to the 18th century. The Indian Subcontinent is a land naturally rich in gems and is home to the most highly developed range of the jewelled arts of any nation on earth. Some of the most remarkable pieces on view here belonged to a succession of Mughal emperors, while many other objects were the proud possessions of a variety of princely patrons. All demonstrate the dazzling mastery of the Indian jewellery artists, whose materials typically were gold, rubies, emeralds, diamonds and pearls. The objects on display are from the personal collection of Sheikh Nasser and Sheikha Hussah al-Sabah of Kuwait, the most significant collectors of Indian jewelled arts in the world. Over the past ten years the exhibition has travelled to a number of leading cultural institutions, including the Louvre and the British Museum. Kuala Lumpur will be the last stop on this global tour.
7/08/2009 – 8/11/2009
The Hermitage, St Petersburg, Russia
12/02/2010 - 27/06/2010
Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore
31/07/2010 - 30/12/2010
Islamic Arts Museum, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
When Gold Blossoms: Indian Jewelry from the Susan L. Beningson Collection
This exhibition celebrates the awe-inspiring technical craftsmanship of Indian jewelry with more than 150 pieces spanning 2,000 years. It includes spectacular rings, anklets, earrings, hair pendants, jeweled crowns, ivory combs, and an elaborate swing and a gold throne for a deity. Some of the pieces are worn in daily life, others dedicated to deities in Hindu temples. Photographs from the 19th and 20th centuries will be displayed alongside the jewelry to provide a fuller understanding of the ways in which jewelry is worn and used.
18/03/2010 – 12/07/2010
Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University, Atlanta GE, USA
Naga - Jewellery and ashes
This exhibition from the extensive collections of the material culture of the Naga from museums in Switzerland, Germany and Austria presents a comprehensive insight into the cultural heritage of a region, the long time out of sight of the West. During the exhibition at the Museum of Ethnology, Zurich, the breaks between the past and the present topic, the collections in the Museum der Kulturen Basel as witnesses of a bygone time in the spotlight. Long feared by their neighbors as notorious head-hunters, the Naga people live in the mountainous north-east of India. Nobody was interested in them. They recorded the stories of their life and their world not in ink on paper but in a complex system of textile patterns, jewelry designs and wood carvings – one that only they could read and understand. Then the others arrived: the British colonial masters were the first, followed by American missionaries, and finally Indian soldiers who continue to suppress all attempts to build an independent Naga state. These three tidal waves from beyond the borders changed everything. The old material vocabulary was increasingly forgotten, the jewelry turned to ASH. Only a few of the older generation can still decipher the signs of their forefathers. Today they are the ones who give new life to the charred jewelry and burnish it – a glimmer that imparts appreciation of the Naga’s unique identity to the younger generation. These stories are told in the exhibition. Artifacts collected in the old days are made to speak again, newly acquired ones document change and a return to the roots. And the Naga also talk about themselves, either addressing visitors directly or singing songs in which the exhibits feature.
7/06/2008 – 6/09/2009
Volkerkundemuseum der Universitat Zurich, Switzerland
1/02/2012 – 11/06/2012
Museum of Ethnology, Vienna, Austria
Painted Photographs: Coloured Portraiture in India
Photographs from the Alkazi Collection of Photography
Brunei Gallery, SOAS, London, UK
Royal Style: Qing Dynasty and Western Court Jewelry
The main theme of the exhibition is the story of jewelry and its patrons, which is presented by a comparison between the jewelry of the Qing court and that of the Western nobility. The imperial style will be introduced first in order to show the classic model of jewelry. This will be followed by the theme of contemporary fashion. The concurrent artistic developments in these two markets can be seen throughout the exhibition. The final section will present the ways in which East and West encountered one another at different points and places in time, their incorporation of elements from each other’s cultures, and the magnificent fruits that were born of this contact. The exhibition is composed of 470 pieces of jewelry from the collection of the National Palace Museum and special loans from the Cartier Collection and the Shenyang Palace Museum, which together present the colorful and fascinating culture of jewelry.
9/06/2012 - 9/09/2012
National Palace Museum(Exhibition Area II, 1F , Library Building) No.221, Sec. 2, Zhishan Rd., Shilin Dist., Taipei City 11143, Taiwan
Traditional Apparel and Jewelry of Rural China
This collection, consisting of a beautiful arrangement of Chinese clothing, jewelry and other artifacts often used by rural Chinese groups, belongs to Bob and Xinyan Weeks of Silver City. Mrs. Weeks was born and raised in the mountainous region of Guangxi Province, China. From 1992 to 2005, her collection expanded to over 100 items, each one representing to her an intriguing part of Chinese history. The collected items together tell different stories which Mrs. Weeks shares in the new exhibition.
15/03/11 - 31/05/11
The WNMU Museum, Fleming Hall, Silver City, New Mexico, USA
Manchu, the last empire.
The exhibition will present the precious collections from the old imperial capital of Mukden and the summer palace of Jehol, the legendary wardrobe of the Emperor's warriors, and the refined objects created by the finest artists of the Celestial Empire, not only jewels of exquisite workmanship in gold, jade and precious stones, but also musical instruments, weapons, harness for horses, along with historical evidence of the fatal confrontation with the West in the mid-nineteenth century culminating in the Boxer Rebellion in the summer of 1900.
23/10/2010 – 08/05/2011
Casa dei Carraresi, Treviso, Italy
Garments made of rainbow and silver. Costumes of the Guizhou province ethnic minorities
The exhibition "Garments made of rainbow and silver" presents clothes and jewellery of the small Guigzhou Province nationalities. The exhibition will feature 111 exhibits - costumes and silver accessories - from the Museum of Guigzhou Province. The exhibition includes silver Miao jewellery. Ethnographic material exhibition complemented photos and videos, representing landscapes, customs and traditions of Guigzhou. The complex structure of the exhibition, allow to feel the depth and grandeur of the traditional Chinese culture.
12/11/2015 – 10/01/2016
All-Russian Decorative Art Museum, Delegatskaya st., 3, Moscow, 127473, Russia
Vanishing Traditions: Textiles and Treasures from Southwest China
Showcasing wearable textiles and ornaments, this exhibition displays the life, culture, and continuing loss of adornment skills of the minority people who live in Southwest China. The exhibition curator, Bea Roberts, shares her visually superb collection, acquired during her early visits to the region, when the villages were primarily intact in their cultural identity and before the traditions vanish in today's globalization race.
10/10/2009 – 5/12/2010
Design Museum, University of California, Davis, CA, USA
Charm of Silver Jewelries. Exhibition of Silver Jewelries of Miao Ethnic Group from Hunan, Guangxi and Guizhou
Guizhou, Hunan and Guangxi are one of those areas where the Ethnic Group of Miao live as well as the places where the Miao cultures have been well preserved. Among the colorful and diverse Miao cultures, the silver jewelries, with its enormous quantity, numerous varieties, unique designs and delicate styles, have been regarded as one of the most important symbols. As an old saying goes, “What the feather to birds is silver jewelries to Miao girls.” The silver jewelries are the pride and glory of Miao people, demonstrating the wisdom, history, civilization and esthetic sentiment of the Ethnic Group of Miao.
29/03/2011 – 4/05/2011
Hunan Provincial Museum, Changsha City, China
The Miao from head to toe
This exhibition, which is part of the Europalia.china festival, reflects the exuberance and abstraction of clothing and jewelry of the Miao minority. In parallel, creators, including Michael and Julie Menuge Guerra, stylists, and Cécile Le Talec, sound artist, create works, objects and textiles in dialogue with the Chinese pieces exhibited and build bridges between two cultures.
7/11/2009 – 14/02/2010
Le Grand Curtius, Liege, Belgium
Masters of Adornment: The Miao People of China
This exhibition presents women's textiles and silver jewelry from the Miao culture living in southwest China. Featuring approximately 80 objects, mostly drawn from the Bowers Museum's permanent collection, the exhibition includes several distinct examples of Miao women's festive wear paired with finely crafted jewelry. More than an examination of masterful techniques and styles, these objects reveal hundreds of years of Miao history and tradition and the required patience and dedication to achieve beauty.
15/11/2008 - 30/04/2009
Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, Santa Ana, CA, USA
From Courtship to Kinship: Wedding Celebrations of Laos’ Ethnic Groups
This exhibition provides a rare insight into the distinct wedding traditions of the Lao people and several of the country’s ethnic minorities such as the Hmong, Tai Phuan and Mien. It features unusual artefacts, such as a ‘wedding crown’ of the Kim Di Mun made of pure silver and human hair, stunning documentary photography of rituals and ceremonies, and explanations of the lore and symbolism of wedding customs in Laos.
15/09/2011 - 14/09/2012
The Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre, Ban Khamyong, Luang Prabang, Lao PDR, Laos
Ethnic Costumes, Textiles & Jewellery
This exhibition features, among others, elaborate costumes worn by the womenfolk of ethnic communities in the Yunnan province and other hilltribes of the Golden Triangle region bordering Southern China, Burma and Thailand. Items include entire dresses, headdresses, accessories, jewellery and shoes. Also featured are Malay textiles such as songket (woven cloth from the East Coast of the Malay Peninsula), and other items like sarong and selendang (shawl). Also included in the exhibition are beadwork and costumes from the indigenous Dayak community of Borneo.
1/05/2009 - 15/07/2009
The Art House Gallery Museum Of Ethnic Arts, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Art of Adornment: Southeast Asian Jewelry from the James and Elaine Connell Collection
This exhibition features 41 rare objects from a broad range of Southeast Asian cultures — all drawn from a recent donation of jewelry from the James and Elaine Connell Collection. The pieces on view in Gallery 11 come primarily from Indonesia, but also include art from the Philippines, Malaysia and Burma. Art of Adornment demonstrates how jewelry from closely neighboring regions can be dramatically different, ranging from strikingly bold forms to objects crafted with intricate detail.
20/10/2012 - 3/08/2014
Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA
Nyonya Needlework: Embroidery and Beadwork in the Peranakan World
This exhibition celebrates the art of nyonya needlework, a vibrant part of Peranakan Chinese heritage. Spectacular curtains and hangings, delicate purses, handkerchiefs, and slippers were painstakingly stitched with tiny beads, silk, and gold and silver threads for special occasions and as gifts. Some of the finest examples of nyonya needlework, from the Peranakan Museum and major international collections, will be displayed. Visitors can discover the ingenuity and skill embedded in the art, the importance of tradition, and the innovations inspired by the dynamic, multicultural environment of the region.
24/06/2016 - 26/03/2017
Peranakan Museum, 39 Armenian Street, Singapore 179941
Baba Bling. The rich culture of the Peranakan Chinese of South-east Asia
The objects shown - furniture, embroidered and beaded textiles, porcelain and jewellery - which are a combination of Malay and Chinese culture, epitomise the Peranakan. They date principally from the late 19th and early 20th century. This period corresponds to an important time of richness in the history of the Peranakan community of Singapore.
5/10/2010 – 30/01/2011
Musée du quai Branly, Paris, France
Baba Bling: Peranakan Family Jewels
This exhibition will showcase some of the finest jewellery from Peranakan families and private collectors. Over 300 glittering jewels will be on display, which includes some of the oldest surviving pieces of Peranakan jewellery from the 19th century to contemporary pieces worn today. Visitors will be able to marvel at exquisite jewellery from Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia.
29/05/2009 - 13/12/2009
Peranakan Museum, Singapore
Old Javanese Gold: The Hunter Thompson Collection
In the early centuries of the Common Era, a civilization rose up in Indonesia that became a locus of trade, culture, and religion, the most impressive traces of which were found on the island of Java. Ancient Javanese artifacts in gold display exceptional skill and artistry and are a significant source of information on aspects of Javanese society, culture, religion, economy, and technology. Old Javanese Gold: The Hunter Thompson Collection presents a selection of around 200 objects from the Hunter Thompson Collection, one of the founding donations to the Gallery's new Department of Indo-Pacific Art, including jewelry, sculptures, coins, statues, containers, and accessories.
25/03/2011 – 14/08/2011
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT, USA