Год издания: 2007
Издатель: Thames and Hudson
Количество страниц: 256
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The most complete, beautifully illustrated volume ever published on the fascinating world of the shell and its uses in design and decoration. Shells have captivated humans through the ages and been put to a wide range of uses - sharpened into tools, ground to make medicines, blown to make music. Shells were used as currency from the Americas through Africa to Asia, and worn as amulets to bring fertility, good fortune, or protection from the evil eye. Above all, the beauty of shells has fired the imaginations of artists and craftsmen, and their work forms the heart of this book. Shells and mother-of-pearl have been carved to make buttons, jewelry, and delicate inlay work. Shells are a universal element of human adornment, from the simplest string of beads to shell designs in gold and precious stones. Mythological, symbolic, decorative, botanical, or fantastical: shells are a recurring theme in visual art. Shells have featured...