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Body piercing, scarification, tattooing - for thousands of years decorative alteration of the human body has been invested with profound cultural and social meaning. This collection of essays, photographs and drawings focuses on the many and diverse ways that human beings have permanently decorated their bodies. The book grew out of a symposium entitled "Art of the Body" held at the University of California, Los Angeles in the early 1980s. Contributors encompass the fields of anthropology, sociology, art history, archaeology and folklore. The geographical and historical perspectives are from Europe and Euro-America, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Pacific Basin (Asia, Oceania, and Native America). The book's text and photographs acknowledge body art as a meaningful part of human behaviour. What dominates throughout is the recognition of artistic potency, mysterious or commonplace, that is a part of marking the body.
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Arnold Rubin (1937-1988) specialized in the arts of sub-Saharan Africa and was Associate Professor in the Department of Art, Design, and Art History at the University of California, Los Angeles.
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Book Description Museum of Cultural History, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, 1988. Hardcover. Condition: Very good. First Edition. First Edition. Hardcover. 11 1/4" X 8 3/4". 279pp. Signed by Adrienne Kaeppler and dated 1988 to front free endpaper. No later printings noted. Tan cloth over boards, with upper board stamped in black and spine lettered in kind. Mild edgewear to binding, with gentle bumping to extremities and spot of soiling to upper board. Slight lean to spine. Binding is sound. Pages are clean and unmarked. An attractive first printing of this global and historical study of tattooing and scarification from the Museum of Cultural History in Los Angeles, covering Africa, Asia, Oceania, Native America, and contemporary Euro-America and illustrated throughout in color and black and white photographs. Seller Inventory # 3486
Book Description Univ of California Museum of, 1988. Condition: Good. A+ Customer service! Satisfaction Guaranteed! Book is in Used-Good condition. Pages and cover are clean and intact. Used items may not include supplementary materials such as CDs or access codes. May show signs of minor shelf wear and contain limited notes and highlighting. Seller Inventory # 0930741137-2-4