Book News: African Beads
African Beads - Jewels of a Continent
by Evelyn Simak and Carl Dreibelbis
Reference: ISBN 978-0-981627-2-7
Published in the US by Africa Direct, Inc.
Accurately descriptive text and 150 excellent colour photographs
comprehensively cover a wide range of ancient and modern beads and their use
in carvings and jewellery, in the first book ever published to deal exclusively with
The 216 large (10 x 11 ins/25 x 28 cm) pages give ample scope for detailed
close-ups of individual items and specialist collections from a variety of sources.
As well as the popular types, less well-known beads are also described in detail.
Detailed descriptions of the many different materials and methods used
to create exotic works of art by local craftsmen and women, give a fascinating insight
into the trading history and world of African arts and crafts, both now and in antiquity.
In addition to her introduction, Lois Sherr Dubin succinctly comments
on the back cover that the beads contained within "are a central component
of a fascinating adornment narrative that extends far back into African prehistory."
A must have for professionals and hobbyists alike, as both an invaluable source
of reference and an introduction to African beads and ornaments for the uninitiated.
David @ ATB