Beyond Price

Beyond Price

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Man has been intrigued by the origin of pearls, sensitive to their beauty, a convinced of their medicinal value for at least five millennia. A mixture of folklore a observation preceded the earliest scientific inquiries. Fishing a trade commenced in southern Asia, between India a Sri Lanka a around the Persian Gulf. In Western a Central Europe, Inner Asia a China, a North America, freshwater pearls were probably known a treasured before those of marine origin. R.A. Donkin combines written sources with the results of archaeological a philological research. A refined nomenclature lends support to other evidence pointing to long familiarity, a etymologically related words for 'pearl'- reflecting former trading connections or colonization. Pearls were prominent among the luxury products which, for many centuries, the West associated with the legendary East a South; conversely, the Chinese looked to the West a South. From the opening of the Age of Discoveries a for the next two a a half centuries marine pearls were high among the objectives of expeditions to the eastern a western Tropics. The often remote centers of demand were affluent a culturally advanced societies where dealers a purchasers exercised fine judgment in matters of shape a color a iridescence, as they continue to do today. Beyond Price: Pearls a Pearl-Fishing, organized both chronologically a by region is called by reviewer, James Parsons, qthe crowning achievement of a world-class scholar....The folklore regarding pearls has created an endlessly imaginative literature, here analyzed meticulously.q The book is enhanced with over 100 maps a illustrations.Pearls and Pearl-fishing : Origins to the Age of Discoveries R. A. Donkin. Komroff ... Konow, S., and C. R. Lanman. ... 31 -39. Kunz, G. F. 1894. aquot;Folklore of Precious Stones.aquot; In: C. Staniland Wake ed. Memoirs of the International ... Handbook of the Arts of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. ... Lai, B. B. 1975. aquot;The Indus Civilization.aquot; In: A. L. Basham ed.A Cultural History of I ndia. Oxford: pp. 11-19. Lamarckanbsp;...

Title:Beyond Price
Author:R. A. Donkin
Publisher:American Philosophical Society - 1998


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