History, Myth, Art

Book - 2008
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Harvard University Press

Archaeological evidence of truly domestic dogs dates back to the Stone Age, when humans lived as bands of hunter-gatherers. The long association that followed, with dogs living alongside people as hunters and companions, guardians and guides, has a treasured place in history and myth—and in a wealth of art and artifacts that document and celebrate this ancient relationship.

Dogs: History, Myth, Art explores these cultural expressions and reflections of our deep and long-standing interest in dogs. Here, in exquisite reproductions, are life-size sculptures and tiny engraved gems, ceramic floor tiles and stone wall-reliefs, gold ornaments and ceramic vessels, pocketknife handles and miniature paintings, all depicting dogs from prehistory to the present. Through these illustrations—drawn from the collections of the British Museum—author Catherine Johns considers the evolution of the species, its earliest interactions with human communities, its importance in history and culture, and its role in symbolism, mythology, and legend. Dogs’ wild cousins, wolves, jackals, and foxes, also play a role in this story, and so appear alongside their domestic counterparts in this book’s engaging tour of cultural perceptions and depictions of dogs.

The juxtaposition and explanation of images as diverse as Greek pottery, Victorian jewelry, Assyrian sculpture, and Japanese netsuke, as well as drawings and paintings from 1850 bc to the twentieth century, illuminates our understanding of the place of dogs in human society around the world.

Blackwell North Amer
With beautiful images of dogs as faithful companions and loyal friends as well as hunting and herding, and striking images of dogs in myth as monsters or gods, this is a wonderfully illustrated survey of canines throughout the ages. From life-size sculpture to tiny engraved gems, from medieval floor tiles to Chinese hanging scrolls and from Greek vases to drawings by Rembrandt and Van Dyck, images from the prehistoric to the present combined with illuminating background information provide fresh insights into our long relationship with these engaging and rewarding creatures.

Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, c2008
Description: 208 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 23 cm
ISBN: 9780674030930
Branch Call Number: 704.9432 Joh


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