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Illustrated Dictionary Of Symbols In Eastern And Western Art (Icon Editions) Paperback – 10 Jan 1996


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  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Perseus (10 Jan 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064309827
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064309820
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,348,129 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This admirable guide treads a sure-footed path through this minefield and will be invaluable to scholars and to all those interested in the subject. (Apollo) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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James Hall's book explores the language of symbols in art. He shows us how familiar, everyday objects in paintings, drawings and sculpture often carry a deeper layer of meaning. Interpreting this language is a fascinating study. The book provides keys to the symbols helping explain them. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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the condition of the book was good and it arrived on time. I didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would but that's not the sellers fault.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susan Aston on 9 Aug 2013
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Good quality cover, some passages marked but overall good quality will be useful to take to galleries and when studying.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
How to Figure out the Symbols in a Work of Art 6 Mar 2001
By Renee Thorpe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Not terribly in-depth guide book to symbols in art. Nicely if simply illustrated, and is organized into these categories: Abstract signs, animals, artefacts, Earth and sky, human body and dress, and plants.
Will be helpful to the art history student, but it would be more helpful if additional specific artworks were referred to in each entry. All in all, good to have. Anyone researching above the high school level will need plenty more references, but this is a helpful springboard to further research or is useful as a quick source of simple answers to quandries like, "what the heck is the meaning of the hands on that Buddha statue?"
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Don't bother 30 Dec 2008
By John Roberts - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The illustrations in this book are a joke, the descriptions are pretty worthless. This book all together isn't worth it and I would recommend passing on this one.
It is completely lacking of any useful content.
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