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The Anthropology of Art - Robert Layton

The Anthropology of Art

Paperback Published: 4th November 1991
ISBN: 9780521368940
Number Of Pages: 276

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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 and widely used in courses for archaeologists, anthropologists and art historians.

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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 '... Layton offers a lively and testable thesis about the social uses of art. His reflections could easily become the inspiration for further cross-cultural study.' American Anthropologist 'In this exceptionally well researched volume, Layton presents a nearly exhaustive history of rock art studies as developed and practiced in Australia.' Paul Faulstich, Pitzer College 'Layton's 'new synthesis' is a valuable reference work on rock art and cultural studies. It is important reading for scholars ... with an interest in Australian Aboriginal expressive culture.' Paul Faulstich, Pitzer College

List of figures
List of plates
The art of other cultures
Art and social life
Art and visual communication
Creativity of the artist
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ISBN: 9780521368940
ISBN-10: 0521368944
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 276
Published: 4th November 1991
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.76 x 15.24  x 1.47
Weight (kg): 0.49
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised

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