The Continuum encyclopedia of animal symbolism in art /

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Bibliographic Details
Author / Creator: Werness, Hope B.
Format: Book
Imprint: New York : Continuum, 2004.
Summary:The focus of this encyclopedia is on animals and their symbolism in diverse world cultures and in different eras of human history. Most entries on particular animals begin with brief zoological information, which includes the animal's scientific name and classification as well as its range, habitat, and behavior. Main, general entries on cultural, chronological and geographical areas include cross-references to specific cultures discussed in greater detail. Other broader entries address the significance of animals in their own environements, such as the architecture of animals, tools used by animals, and still others deal with animals in the human sphere such as pet animals and zoo animals. The ways that people think about animals and what people do to and with animals as a result are discussed in more theoretical entries, such as anomalous animal and complimentary duality. Some entries deal with the ways in which animals are depicted (composition, X-ray images).
Physical Description:xvii, 476 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references and index.
Author Notes:Hope D. Werness is professor of art at California State University, Stanislaus. An art historian specializing in tribal, Precolumbian, and 19th and 20th European art, she is also a practicing artist, working in ceramics. She is the author of The Symbolism of Mirrors in Art from Ancient Times to the Present.