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Power Against Evil: Eye Beads and other Protective Measures

March 11, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Stone agate eye bead, 3rd millennium BCE, Mesopotamia

Stone agate eye bead,
3rd millennium BCE, Mesopotamia

Lecture by Lois Sherr Dubin

The evil eye is an epic story of humanity’s on-going struggles between superstition and reality, religion and science, moderation and excess. Prior to the evil eye, there were fertile eyes, holy eyes and solar eyes. When and why did eye imagery become associated with evil? Belief in an eye of evil has a long history and wide geographic spread. Beginning with Paleolithic times and continuing to the present, Lois S. Dubin, in a visually dynamic lecture, discusses how eye beads and jewelry help document the narrative.

A curator, author, and frequent lecturer, Lois Dubin has curated numerous exhibitions and written many books including the best-selling The History of Beads: From 30,000 B.C. to the Present (Abrams, 1987); reissued and updated as The History of Beads: 100,000 B.C. to the Present. (Abrams, 2009). Her recent exhibitions with accompanying books are FLORAL JOURNEY: Native North American Beadwork for the Autry National Center in Los Angeles (March 2014- April 2015) and GLITTERING WORLD: Navajo Jewelry of the Yazzie Family (National Museum of the American Indian-New York (November 2014-January 2016).

RESERVE NO LATER THAN: Thursday, March 7th

Guests are welcome, as space allows,
with your guest pass or $10 IN ADVANCE.

(914) 235-0983 or email: info@jewelryhistorians.org


March 11, 2019
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Phillips Auction House
450 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10022 United States
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