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Primitive Art by Franz Boas.

Published by Dover Publications in 1955.



376 pages / 5.3 x 8 x 1 inches / 13.5 x 20.3 x 2.5 centimeters


Please see the images above for an accurate representation of what the book looks like, but...

Some wear to the cover around the edges. Some slight creasing on the back cover.

Name written in pencil on first page. A few pencil markings on the table of contents.


For almost 30 years, Franz Boas Primitive Art has been 'must' reading for art historians and anthropologists. Written by one of the most influential scientists of our century, it is the definitive analysis of the fundamental traits of primitive art, covering the formal element in art, representative art, symbolism, style, literature, music and the dance. It includes a detailed 115-page study of the art of the North Pacific Coast of North America.

Because of its variety of pictorial matter (more than 323 photographs, drawings and diagrams), Primitive Art is valuable to the working artist and designer. Among its illustrations are examples of Indian embroidery, paleolithic paintings, woven blankets, wing and tail designs, totem poles, hats, cutlery, painted boxes, earthenware, baskets, and many other primitive objects and motifs.

Primitive Art by Franz Boas


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