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The Book of Symbols: Reflections On Archetypal Images Hardcover – November 25, 2010
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Drawing upon Carl Gustav Jung's work on the archetype and the collective unconscious, the Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism (ARAS) is a pictorial and written archive of mythological, ritualistic, and symbolic images from all over the world and from all epochs of human experience. The collection of 17,000 photographic images, accompanied by commentary on their cultural and historical context, probes the universality of archetypal themes and provides a testament to the deep and abiding connections of all life.
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the finishing touch. She makes the remark that every artist should own a good book on symbols and their meaning. It was my take on that
statement that she was fashioning her hand carved stamps to mean something ... they meant something to her ... and she was using these
to say that in her art work. After googling a bit, I decided on this book. It took awhile to arrive. It was well worth it. This is a forever keeper.
It's a gorgeous book. Hard cover. 800+ pages. The pages have little scallops cut out of them, and each scallop has a different color ... to
aide you in finding sections quickly. I forget what this process is called but it's done in "library type of reference books". It's a very nice book.
Every subject imaginable is enclosed. I know I will make use of this book forever! If you're not an artist, I could see this being a permanent
addition to your library, and hate to call it a "coffee table" book because it is much, much, much more than that. High quality materials (paper),
high quality art (the colors reproduced), it's all there.
The Book of Symbols contains page after quality page of beautiful color illustrations and photographs of the symbols as they appear in ancient works of art, monuments, architecture, etc. It is a substantial book although not overly weighty and a perfect size to feel comfortable in your hands. Just the look and feel of this book says that it holds something wonderful inside before you ever crack it open. There are multi-colored ribbons, one color for each of the 5 main sections of the book (1-Creation and Cosmos, 2-Plant World, 3-Animal World, 4-Human World, 5-Spirit World) with which you can mark your place if you find something you want to revisit. I simply love this book!!! Well done!