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The main thorough, cogent, and lavishly illustrated survey of artwork within the Western culture, Janson's heritage of paintings has now been thoroughly redesigned and up-to-date to make it the final word visually and intellectually intriguing source for this present day. Timelines; word list; bibliography; index. 1,266 illustrations, greater than 775 in complete colour.

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Result of the lief animism As a 24. Mask, from the Bamenda area, Cameroon. 19th-20th century. 3 cm). Rietberg Museum, Zurich. d. Heydt Collection that underlies their be- system, ethnographic peoples prefer to think of the spirits of their ancestors collectivelv, rather than in terms of separate indi- Their dwelling places usually take known as guardian figures. Tribal secrets are not readily betrayed, hence viduals. human forms, the available accounts much about ian figures. But since appeased, it do not tell us very the exact significance of guardall spirits was the task of had art to to be provide them and thus to Such a trap is the splendid ancestor figure from New Guinea (fig.

1 cm). Naturhistorisches ticularly good Museum, Vienna at finding such images were given a special status as artist-magicians and were relieved of the dangers of the so that they could perfect real hunting, until finally they learned make images with little hunt image- their how to a close has to or no help from chance formations, though they continued to welcome such aid. and food grains— one of the truly epochmaking achievements of human history. People in Paleolithic societies had led the unsettled life of the hunter and food gatherer, reaping where nature sowed and thus at the mercy of forces that they could neither understand nor control.

8 m) L 48 • ART FOR THE DEAD: EGYPT THE MIDDLE KINGDOM After the collapse of centralized pharaonic power end of the Sixth Dynasty, Egypt political disturbances and ill fortune that was to last almost seven hundred years. During most of this time, effective authority lay in the hands of local or at the entered a period of who regional overlords, revived the old ri- North and South. Many dynasties followed one another in rapid succession. Only two, the Eleventh and Twelfth, are worthy of note. ), when a series of valry of able rulers managed 35.

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