The Illustrated Book Of Signs & Symbols
Baker & Taylor
An expert in Eastern art and culture deciphers the meanings of more than two thousand images from around the world, exploring their origins, meanings, and cultural context in words and full-color illustrations.
From the caduceus as a familiar symbol for medicine and an up-ended horseshoe for good luck, to more arcane symbols from cultures ancient and modern, social anthropologist Bruce-Mitford differentiates between signs and symbols and explains the colorful array she presents by category: mythologies and religions, nature, people, and symbol systems. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Blackwell North Amer
The world around us is filled with signs and symbols. Those we have chosen to create, such as alphabets and flags, are universally recognizable, but others, of uncertain and ancient origin, mean different things to different peoples. Specially commissioned illustrations and photographs, including artifacts, famous paintings, and sculptures, provide a much-needed visual key to this mysterious language.
Showing thousands of signs and symbols from East and West, The Illustrated Book of Signs & Symbols not only gives the meanings of each, but also explores the symbols' origins in art, religion, literature, psychology, and folklore. For ease of reference the signs and symbols are grouped by category, from flowers and religious symbols to shapes and numbers, and a clear cross-referencing system directs the reader to related signs and symbols.
Decipers the meanings of more than two thousand images from around the world, exploring their origins, meanings, and cultural context.
Deciphers the meanings of more than two thousand images from around the world, exploring their origins, meanings, and cultural context
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