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Robert Layton provides an authoritative introduction to the richness and diversity of art forms in non-Western societies. He addresses the problems of aesthetic appreciation across cultures, the varied uses of art, and the fundamental problem of what constitutes "art" in societies varying from the traditional kingdoms of West Africa, with their specialist craftsmen using precious metals, to Australian hunter-gatherers, with their sand paintings and body decoration. Art forms discussed include bark, sand and rock painting, ivory, bone and wood carving, brass casting, masks, and house and body decoration. To understand the meaning of these diverse productions demands an understanding of cultural contexts. Layton relates particular art productions to rituals, myths and power relations. He also discusses and illustrates current perspectives on art within anthropological and sociological theory. This is a revised version of a book first published in 1981.Read more
- Revised, thoroughly updated edition of successful introductory text first published by Columbia in 1981
- Textbook intended for 2nd/3rd year undergraduates and graduate students in the anthropology of art and art history and archaeology. Since original publication many new courses established in anthropology of art e.g. University of East Anglia, Durham
- Layton is a Reader in Anthropology at Durham and the author of several books on art and material culture
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"...a sparkling introduction for anyone wishing to understand something of the art of exotic societies and the contribution made by anthropology to the study of it." The Times Literary Supplement
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- Edition: 2nd Edition
- Date Published: August 1991
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521368940
- length: 276 pages
- dimensions: 228 x 152 x 15 mm
- weight: 0.49kg
- contains: 73 b/w illus.
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
List of figures
List of plates
1. The art of other cultures
2. Art and social life
3. Art and visual communication
5. Creativity of the artist
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