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- DescriptionThe importance of animals as surrogates and signifiers in pre-Columbian art places them at the foundation of symbolic language and visual culture throughout much of the ancient Americas. However, with comprehensive icographic study of the ceramics of the Lesser Antilles, it has fallen to archaeologists, anthropologists, historians, linguists, and art historians to independently decipher the many species and symbols. In this volume, Lawrence Waldron focuses on the cultural significance of nearly two dozen animal and bird representations found in Saladoid-era ceramics, surveying zoomorphic icography in over twenty major collections. He integrates ethzoology and ethology with traditional narratives and demonstrates that different animal representations dominated on particular islands. Waldron shows how regional disparities may have been politically savvy expressions of cultural distinctions among emergent Caribbean subgroups. The result is a multidisciplinary reference text that will be invaluable to scholars and students seeking an interpretation of visual culture in the archaeological record.
- Author BiographyLawrence Waldron is instructor of art history and studio art at the City University of New York, USA.
- Author(s)Lawrence Waldron
- PublisherUniversity Press of Florida
- Date of Publication30/09/2016
- Series TitleFlorida Museum of Natural History: Ripley P.Bullen Series
- Place of PublicationFlorida
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity Press of Florida
- Content Note16-page colour insert, 230 black & white photographs, 7 maps
- Weight1202 g
- Width216 mm
- Height279 mm
- Spine23 mm
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