The care with which this book has been prepared is simply astonishing. Its history began when Truus and Joost Daalder acquired their first examples of n-European ethnic body adornment around 1980, four years after their arrival in Adelaide. Creating this magnificent publication has involved much travel and research, and a passionate author Truus Daalder, a collector born into a collectors family. Today the Daalder collection of ethnic jewellery numbers many hundreds of items, of which more than 500 appear in this book in glorious colour and with an expert photographers attention to presentation and detail. They are supplemented by close to 200 other objects selected from the world-rewned collections of items from Australian Aboriginal and Oceanic cultures shown in their designated Galleries at the South Australian Museum in Adelaide. Unusually, the book starts in Australia and completes its journey in Africa. While the early emphasis on the ethnic, geographic, and cultural background of Australian and Pacific ornaments discloses much hitherto inaccessible information, Truus Daalders scholarship is equally fastidious and illuminating when applied to objects from Indonesia, South East Asia, China, the Himalayas, India, Central Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa. Collectors and readers will welcome the thoughtful attention Truus Daalder has paid to the existing literature on ethnic jewellery and adornment, and will value the new kwledge she presents of the rare examples which this collection contributes to the world-wide corpus, such as the many never before shown ornaments from Aboriginal Australia, New Guinea, and other Oceanic islands. Sumptuous and expertly designed, the book is visually stunning. All artefacts are accompanied by helpful captions and given ample space to exert their mystery and allure against carefully chosen coloured backgrounds. The text of the book offers concise but informative discussion of cultural and social contexts, considered comparisons, detailed analyses of the illustrated objects and useful political and geographic data, t to mention the occasional collectors anecdote. Thus, the reader should be fully persuaded of the enduring importance of jewellery and adornment to the universal human psyche.
Truus Daalder grew up in the Dutch village of Bergen, which is known for the achievements of its painters. Already as a child she developed a keen interest in artistic works and a passion for gaining an understanding of them. In 1966 she and her husband Joost, who fully shared her devotion to the visual arts, went to live in New Zealand, where the couple soon became serious collectors. Their experiences prompted Truus to write the bestseller Hunting Antiques in New Zealand, which was enthusiastically acclaimed. After moving to Adelaide, Australia, in 1976, the Daalders increasingly found themselves fascinated by objects from non-European cultures, especially in the area of jewellery and adornment. Their enthusiasm and persistence led them to acquire an exceptionally impressive collection in this field. Truus's determined effort to learn as much as she could about the objects shown in this volume - including those from the South Australian Museum - has extended over many years, and has culminated in the writing of this book. Truus can be contacted through www. ethnicartpress.com.au Jeremy Daalder, the son of Truus and Joost Daalder, is a photographer and printmaker living in Melbourne, Australia. Jeremy runs Image Science, a business specialising in education, products, and services for fine art image makers. You can obtain more information about Jeremy and Image Science at www.imagescience.com.au