Dr Leila A’quil
Dr Leila A’quil holds a PhD in the history of art and antiquities from the Sorbonne University in Paris, with honours. Her 1993 thesis was titled “Ancient Yemeni Ornaments Before Islam”. She made several trips to Yemen, where she documented the complete collections of the golden ornaments and seals that were present in the museums of Aden, San’a, and Sayun. In 2007, on the initiative of the Social Fund for Development in Yemen and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, she photographed and documented all Yemeni jewellery in the museums of Aden, Dhofar, Ibb, Dhamar, Baynun, Zanzibar, Abyan, Lahj and Seiyun.