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Body Decoration: A World Survey of Body Art


Publisher:Vendome Press, The



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This unrivaled collection of striking photographs traces more than ten thousand years of cultural history--from the body painting of stone age peoples to the self-inflicted piercing of punks and the enduring image of the carnival clown in modern industrial society--illustrating an art form that is finding new relevance in the world of today. To set the photographs in context, a distinguished team of art historians, ethnologists, and archaeologists has provided enlightening commentaries that document the development of an extraordinarily broad spectrum of body painting, tattooing, and scarring techniques. Here are the extravagant displays of the richness of skin decoration in New Guinea and Africa, the ceremonial body painting of Australian Aborigines, the spectacular tattooing of Japan and Polynesia, the religious symbolism that embodies the skin of Indian pilgrims, and the painted masks both of the indigenous peoples of the Americas and of the Peking Opera--combining to provide an astonishingly wide panorama of body decoration throughout the ages.

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