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VIREL, ANDRE (CHARLES & JOSETTE LENARS, ILLUS.; I. MARK PARIS, TRANS.) - Decorated Man  The Human Body as Art

Title: Decorated Man The Human Body as Art
Description: Harry Abrams, New York NY, 1980. Quarto hardcover; red cloth boards with gilt spine and upper board titling and gilt decorative motifs along lower front edge, plain black endpapers; 192pp., colour illustrations. A few spots on half title and contents page and very mild wear to dustwrapper edges. Otherwise near fine and wrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Andre Virel traces the historical, sociological, mythological and psychological significance of adornment, with particular emphasis on the mask as a means of camouflage or transformation. He covers the four major themes: seduction, threat, caste and ritual. Using examples from the four continents, with special attention to Africa and New Guinea, Virel shows us the seductive powers of tattooing and body painting, the aggressive potential of masks, the hierarchical nature of costume which is associated with class consciousness, and the elemental origins of scarification. He also discusses African tribal rituals, the Egyptian sphinx, the masks of Carnival and Mardi Gras, and the famous story of the Man in the Iron Mask.

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Price: AUD 33.00 = appr. US$ 22.83 Seller: Lamdha Books
- Book number: 83450


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