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By ANTHONY F. JANSON' 'H.W. JANSON

The main thorough, cogent, and lavishly illustrated survey of paintings within the Western culture, Janson's background of paintings has now been thoroughly redesigned and up-to-date to make it the final word visually and intellectually interesting source for this present day. Timelines; word list; bibliography; index. 1,266 illustrations, greater than 775 in complete colour.

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Mask, from the Gazelle Peninsula, Ne» Britain 19th-20th centurv. Bark doth, height 18" (45 7 an). Museo National de las Cultures, Mexico ('itv PREHISTORIC AND ETHNOGRAPHIC ART • 39 image— and a strangely our own tradition, too, includes the "soul bird," from the dove of the Holy Spirit to the albatross of the Ancient Mariner, so that we find ourselves responding to a work of art that at first glance might seem both puzzling and alien. ure, forms a dramatic familiar one, for Masks In dealing with the spirit world, people were not content to perform rituals or to present offerings needed before their spirit traps.

In some of weapons associated with the animals, images of plants have recendy been recognized. Could it be that the Magdalenians practiced disregarded when its potency after the the spell had to be re- newed. The magic worked, too, we may be Hunters whose courage was thus fortified were bound to be more successful when slaying these formidable beasts with their primitive weapons. Nor has the emotional basis of this kind of magic been lost even tosure. day. We carry snapshots of those our wallets because their presence, up have come to tear Even we this gives us a love in sense of and people have been known someone they bowels of the earth itself as a from whose womb all other life springs?

We know all this from the tangible remains of Neolithic settlements that have been uncovered by excavation. Unfortunately, these remains tell us very litde, as a rule, of the liest spiritual condition of Neolithic culture. They include stone implements of ever greater 1 36 PREHISTORIC AXD ETHXOGRAPHIC ART • 21. Stonehenge (aerial view), c. c. 6 m). Salisbury Plain (Wiltshire), England technical refinement and and beauty of shape, a seemingly infinite variety of clay vessels covered with abstract ornamental patterns, but hardlv anything comparable to the painting and sculpture of the Paleolithic.

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