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Anthropology of Art

ISBN-10: 0521368944
ISBN-13: 9780521368940
Edition: 2nd 1991 (Revised)
Authors: Robert Layton
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Book details

List price: $51.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1991
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 8/30/1991
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 276
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

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.

List of figures
List of plates
Acknowledgements
The art of other cultures
Art and social life
Art and visual communication
Style
Creativity of the artist
References
Index

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