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BookUsed for centuries as a decorative artefact, amber was treasured, too, for its perceived magical powers, crafted into charms and amulets to heal and ward off evil spirits. Amber also has the unique capacity to preserve fragile life that is millions of years old, opening a special window into the...
Ross, Andrew ; Sheridan, J A
BookScotland boasts some of the most famous fossil localities in the world, and for a small country, has a remarkable fossil record with almost every period of geological time represented by Scottish localities. These localities provide snapshots of the plants and animals that have inhabited Scotland through deep time. They...
Trewin, N H
BookThe popular form of traditional theatre in Japan, known as kabuki, combines drama, music and dance and is presented on spectacular stage settings in lavish costumes. In 19th-century Japan people eagerly acquired pictures of their favourite actor in the latest play. These woodblock prints were a cheap and colourful medium...
BookIn May 2011 the Bayerisches Nationalmuseum was home to an ambitious interdisciplinary conference focusing on the production, conservation and contextualisation of furniture in the Boulle technique. Featuring contributions from international authorities this beautifully and richly illustrated volume relays the content of the presentations given and discussions had in the course...
King, Rachel ; Hacke, Ute ; Eikelmann, Renate
BookThe book of the exhibition showing at the National Museum of Scotland 27 June-19 October 2014. A collection of original Ming artefacts from Nanjing Museum, including Chinese National Treasures, are on display in the only UK showing of this internationally significant exhibition. The exhibition - and the book - showcase...
BookFrancis Watkins was an eminent figure in his field of mathematical and optical instrument making in mid-eighteenth century London. Working from original documents, Brian Gee has uncovered the life and times of an optical instrument maker, who - at first glance - was not among the most prominent in his...
BookEmigration has been an ever-present theme in the story of Scotland. In 1914, as the world prepared for war, thousands of men enlisted in Scotland for military service, and across the British empire and beyond thousands more of Scottish birth and descent joined up. As optimism gave way to the...
Allan, Stuart ; Forsyth, David S
BookIn its classic union of gleaming silver and blue turquoise, Native American jewellery of the Southwest is an iconic art form. Internationally recognized and locally significant, Native American jewellery has a compelling history—it represents the persistence of tradition while encapsulating the vitality of Native American communities and the continuously transforming...
Ritual in Early Bronze Age grave goods : an examination of ritual and dress equipment from Chalcolithic and Early Bronze Age graves in England.The exotic and impressive grave goods from burials of the ‘Wessex Culture’ in Early Bronze Age Britain are well known and have inspired influential social and economic hypotheses, invoking the former existence of chiefs, warriors and merchants and high-ranking pastoralists. Alternative theories have sought to explain how display of such...
Woodward, Ann ; Hunter, John