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Centuries of Owls in Art and the Written Word Hardcover – 1967


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Silvermine (1967)
  • ISBN-10: 0872310132
  • ISBN-13: 978-0872310131
  • ASIN: B00005VJTQ
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,738,883 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Centuries of Owls in Art and the Written Word by Faith Medlin is precisely what the title indicates. It is a very nice collection of owls in art from around the world, from different cultures and different times, accompanied by a very well done text, which includes fables, folk tales and wonderful bits of information...yes folks, trivia! There are approximately 83 illustrations which include black and white photographs, drawings, pottery, clay effigies, whalebone carvings, paintings, bronze vessels, tapestries, woodcut engravings, and coins. The geographical area covered in this surprisingly short work covers most of the world, from Asia to South American, Europe, Australia, North America, from the Arctic to the Tropics. The author gives us examples of Neolithic Care Art dating Circa 33,000 to 17,000 B.C., to the present. Cultures from the Ancient Egyptians, China, Aztec, Norse, North and South European and Italian Renaissance, and Native American cover just a small portion. The role of the owl in various religions throughout time is quite well addressed.

Now these artifacts or objects of art are accompanied by a plethora of folk takes, fables and stories from all of the different countries and cultures from which they, i.e. the art, came from. They include many of Aesop's Fables, Legends from the Pacific Northwest, British, French, German, English, Russian, and did I mention French? (I, for some reason, always seem to leave the French out, sorry). Now then, when you read these fables and folk tales, do be warned! These are written precisely in the manner and mode they were originally written and then translated, and are not always politically correct (thank the Reading Gods). Some are also quite graphic, to the point of out griming the Brothers Grimm.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Blankenship HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on July 3, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Centuries of Owls in Art and the Written Word by Faith Medlin is precisely what the title indicates. It is a very nice collection of owls in art from around the world, from different cultures and different times, accompanied by a very well done text, which includes fables, folk tales and wonderful bits of information...yes folks, trivia! There are approximately 83 illustrations which include black and white photographs, drawings, pottery, clay effigies, whalebone carvings, paintings, bronze vessels, tapestries, woodcut engravings, and coins. The geographical area covered in this surprisingly short work covers most of the world, from Asia to South American, Europe, Australia, North America, from the Arctic to the Tropics. The author gives us examples of Neolithic Care Art dating Circa 33,000 to 17,000 B.C., to the present. Cultures from the Ancient Egyptians, China, Aztec, Norse, North and South European and Italian Renaissance, and Native American cover just a small portion. The role of the owl in various religions throughout time is quite well addressed.

Now these artifacts or objects of art are accompanied by a plethora of folk takes, fables and stories from all of the different countries and cultures from which they, i.e. the art, came from. They include many of Aesop's Fables, Legends from the Pacific Northwest, British, French, German, English, Russian, and did I mention French? (I, for some reason, always seem to leave the French out, sorry). Now then, when you read these fables and folk tales, do be warned! These are written precisely in the manner and mode they were originally written and then translated, and are not always politically correct (thank the Reading Gods). Some are also quite graphic, to the point of out griming the Brothers Grimm.
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