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The Anthropology of Art By Robert Layton (University of Durham)

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Robert Layton provides an authoritative introduction to the richness and diversity of art forms in non-Western societies. Layton relates particular art productions to rituals, myths and power relations in regions such as West Africa and Australia. This is a revised version, which was first published in 1981, and will be useful for students in archaeologists, anthropologists and art history.
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The Anthropology of Art by Robert Layton (University of Durham)

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 perspectives on art within anthropological and sociological theory. This is a revised version of a book first published in 1981 and is widely used in courses for archaeologists, anthropologists and art historians.

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The Anthropology of Art Reviews


'... 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
"...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

Table of Contents


List of figures; List of plates; Acknowledgements; 1. The art of other cultures; 2. Art and social life; 3. Art and visual communication; 4. Style; 5. Creativity of the artist; References; Index.

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GOR003466103
The Anthropology of Art by Robert Layton (University of Durham)
Robert Layton (University of Durham)
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Cambridge University Press
1991-08-30
276
0521368944
9780521368940
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