Dogs: History, Myth, Art

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Harvard University Press, 2008 - Art - 208 pages
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Archaeological evidence of truly domestic dogs dates back to the Stone Age, when humans lived as bands of hunter-gatherers. The long association that followed, with dogs living alongside people as hunters and companions, guardians and guides, has a treasured place in history and myth‚e"and in a wealth of art and artifacts that document and celebrate this ancient relationship.

Dogs: History, Myth, Art explores these cultural expressions and reflections of our deep and long-standing interest in dogs. Here, in exquisite reproductions, are life-size sculptures and tiny engraved gems, ceramic floor tiles and stone wall-reliefs, gold ornaments and ceramic vessels, pocketknife handles and miniature paintings, all depicting dogs from prehistory to the present. Through these illustrations‚e"drawn from the collections of the British Museum‚e"author Catherine Johns considers the evolution of the species, its earliest interactions with human communities, its importance in history and culture, and its role in symbolism, mythology, and legend. Dogs‚e(tm) wild cousins, wolves, jackals, and foxes, also play a role in this story, and so appear alongside their domestic counterparts in this book‚e(tm)s engaging tour of cultural perceptions and depictions of dogs.

The juxtaposition and explanation of images as diverse as Greek pottery, Victorian jewelry, Assyrian sculpture, and Japanese netsuke, as well as drawings and paintings from 1850 bc to the twentieth century, illuminates our understanding of the place of dogs in human society around the world.

  

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User Review  - 2wonderY - LibraryThing

An awesome collection of dog and owner photographs, from the early to mid 1900s. Some are by professional photographers, but most are family photos. Lovely!!! This is one of my favorite books to give as a gift. Always appreciated. Read full review

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User Review  - Michelle - Goodreads

Love love LOVED this! The history and the stories only imagined, all with the love of a dog. Read full review

Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements
6
Hunting dogs
32
Page
37
NHPA Henry Ausloss
43
Working dogs
48
National Museums Liverpool
52
Dogs and gods
56
AOA AI1905 0525 6
58
Jackals
82
Wolves
94
Foxes
110
Types and breeds
118
Friends and companions
182
Further reading
201
GR 1867 0506 38
203
Copyright

Myths and monsters
66

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2008)

Catherine Johns is a retired curator of Romano-British collections at the British Museum.

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