2019 Rarities - The Himalayas to Hawaii  by Thomas Murray

Thomas Murray’s new book “Rarities: The Himalayas to Hawaii“ proposes to follow the artistic traditions of the ancient migratory and trade routes of the Austronesians, South-East Asian Bronze Age, and Hindu-Buddhist peoples. The pieces illustrated were selected for their aesthetic merit and rarity, hence the title. The breadth of their origin is great, from the Himalayas to the Hawaiian Islands, but nonetheless confined to cultures for which a greater family affiliation can be drawn. Until the colonial era, Austronesian languages were the most widely distributed in the world, from Madagascar in the West to Easter Island and Hawaii in the East. Just as people, languages, religious belief systems, and technology can travel great distances and yet remain related owing to the conservative nature of indigenous societies, styles of art move as well, and sculptural styles can evolve. The great migrations of peoples, languages and cultures bring fascinating archaeological, linguistic, genetic, anthropological and artistic insights. Certain recurring iconographicthemes demonstrate how connected our shared human experience truly is, and how archetypes may be identified and tracked across great distances, whether by a process of cultural diffusion or as subliminal products of the shared collective unconscious. This book takes up those questions and contemplates the nature of aesthetic quality, religious philosophy, and the relation between art and the human condition. Jonathan Fogel, Chief Editor of Tribal Arts Magazine, contributed an important essay to the book, "Artifact to Art," on the evolution of connoisseurship in the field of so called "Primitive Art."                 

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2019 Publication, Texiles of JapanFrom rugged Japanese firemen's ceremonial robes and austere rural work-wear to colorful, delicately-patterned cotton kimonos, this lavishly illustrated volume explores Japan's rich tradition of textiles. To Order, Click here


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