MAGIC, MYTH & MICROCOSMS IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN JEWELLERY – TAASA Review September 2009
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This article was originally found in the September 2009 edition of TAASA Review (Volume 18, Issue 3, Page 4).
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Anne Richter N ational and regional museums, royal and aristocratic families and private collectors in Southeast Asia hold collections of jewellery that are of outstanding beauty and technical complexity.
Jewellery has often been thought of as a means of expressing political power and has been generally regarded as a status marker reflecting and announcing the wearer’s wealth, gender, age, condition in life as well as membership of a particular social or religious group.
Jewellery also serves the talismanic function of deflecting ill-fortune...