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1000 Symbols : What Shapes Mean in Art and Myth - Rowena Shepherd

1000 Symbols

What Shapes Mean in Art and Myth


Published: 5th August 2002
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1000 Symbols offers a comprehensive directory of symbols in clear, detailed artworks, each accompanied by a definition of the symbol's history and its cross-cultural meanings.

Beginning with an alphabetical, cross-referenced index, the book is then organized into groupings of related symbols:

Geometrical Shapes-circle, square, triangle, pentagram, crescent, and spiral are just a few of the entries.

The Universe and the Elements includes all the symbols for the world around us-earth, air, fire, and water, as well as times of day or month, and the planets.

Characters and People details the symbolism attached to specific characters or to people and their general attributes.

Living Creatures denotes the symbolism of animals, birds, fish, and insects.

Flowers, Plants, and Trees highlights the symbolism of growing things, from the oak to the lotus.

Mythical Beasts contains beasts from the myths and legends of all cultures, including hybrids such as the centaur.

Objects and Artifacts includes made or manufactured objects of symbolism, from knot to labyrinth.

Numbers and Colors outlines their symbolic attributes in different cultures and contexts.

Whether you are baffled by the relevance of the winged staff held by Mercury in a classical painting or wonder about the number of branches on the Hebrew menorah, this comprehensive directory will give you the information you are looking for, and place the explanation in its historical and cultural context.

Comprehensive reference dictionary, enabling you to identify a symbol, discover its history, and determine its cross-cultural meaning.

Symbol Finder 1. Geometrical Shapes - 2. The Universe - 3. Characters and People - 4. Living Creatures - 5. Flowers, Plants and Trees - 6. Mythical Beasts - 7. Objects and Artefacts - 8. Numbers and Colours

ISBN: 9780500283516
ISBN-10: 0500283516
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 5th August 2002
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 19.5  x 2.6
Weight (kg): 1.28
Edition Number: 1