University of St Andrews

What does money have to do with aesthetics, the body and the Church?

Monday 19 March 2012

Dr Emilia Ferraro has been awarded a Carnegie Trust grant for an exploratory research into the aesthetic qualities of money as bodily ornaments.

Empirical data from all over the world show that coins have been used in a variety of jewellery forms. Yet no other quality of money seems more neglected in social theories of money than ornamentation. Dr Ferraro will look  at the use of coins in necklaces by indigenous women of Andean Ecuador, whose originality lies in their use of coins and beads along with artefacts of religious significance, such as crucifixes; reliquaries and ex voto.

photo of crucifix