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The Language of Ornament By James Trilling

The Language of Ornament

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An introduction to the art of decorative patterning. Trilling analyzes the historical importance of ornament across the world, from the paleolithic age to the present. Individual styles and motifs are traced between cultures, spreading through trade, conquest and religious influences.

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The Language of Ornament by James Trilling

James Trilling presents an immense variety of ornament from the Paleolithic Age to the present day, enabling the reader to appreciate inherent form and beauty, as well as historical importance across cultures - whether in the monumental architecture of Mycenean Greece or the inlaid vessels of Zhou Dynasty China, in the bronze mirrors of early Celtic Britain or the carved or worn ornament of Native Americans.

He balances the characteristics of individual styles against their evolution and interaction between cultures, focusing in particular on patterns which have migrated across large stretches of space and time, reflecting the interactions through trade, conquest and the spread of religions.

The Language of Ornament is a companion and guide to the global panorama of ornament in terms that will be of equal value to craftworkers, collectors and students of art history.

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About James Trilling

James Trilling is a Art Historian and noted essayist.

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The Language of Ornament by James Trilling
James Trilling
World of Art
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Thames & Hudson Ltd
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