This lecture will be free and open to the public in conjunction with the Association of Art Museum Directors’ Museum Day on Monday, May 18.
Jewelry has long played an important role in Yemeni society, especially because of its key role in the marriage contract. Join Marjorie Ransom, two-time U.S. diplomat to Yemen, as she chronicles the important period of Yemeni jewelry production from 1900 to 1970, through slides and physical examples of these objects. Ms. Ransom will embellish her talk with anecdotes about her recent meetings in Israel with Yemenites who formed the majority of the silversmiths in Yemen during the period of her study. The lecture is followed by an author book-signing for Ms. Ransom’s Silver Treasures from the Land of Sheba: Yemeni Regional Jewelry, which is available for purchase in the Museum Store.
About the Speaker
Marjorie Ransom has served twice as a U.S. diplomat in Yemen in a thirty-year career that also took her to Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, the United Arab Emirates, Syria, and Egypt. She and David Ransom, her late husband, were the first Arabic-speaking tandem couple in the Foreign Service. Over the course of their careers, they assembled a collection of more than 2,000 pieces of Middle Eastern silver jewelry. With the help of American Institute for Yemeni Studies research grants, Marjorie Ransom was able to study jewelry and costumes in Yemen. Silver Treasures from the Land of Sheba: Yemeni Regional Jewelry chronicles her findings.