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Shields Africa, Southeast Asia and Oceania

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ISBN 10: 3791323415 / ISBN 13: 9783791323411
Published by Prestel, Munich, 1998
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Title: Shields Africa, Southeast Asia and Oceania

Publisher: Prestel, Munich

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition.

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Since ancient times the shield has had a variety of uses whether as a defensive or more rarely offensive weapon or as a decorative or ritual object invested with symbolic meaning. Drawing on the collections of the Barbier-Mueller Museum in Geneva this book examines the literary and mythological aspects of shields from Africa, Southeast Asia and Oceania, placing them in historical context and interpreting them as beautiful objects with a language of their own.

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Since ancient times the shield has had a variety of uses whether as a defensive - or more rarely, offensive - weapon, or as a ritual object invested with symbolic meanings. The authors reveal the shields' ethnic derivation and function. Illustrated with over 100 full-color photographs, as well as many drawings and historical pictures of individual shields in their original context, this book provides essential reading for collectors, students, and researchers, as well as for the general public interested in this little-known area of ethnographic art.

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