Dictionary of Symbols
An Illustrated Guide to Traditional Images, Icons, and Emblems
ISBN10: 081181470X ISBN13: 9780811814706 Publisher: Chronicle Books Llc Published: Apr 1 1998 Pages: 240 Weight: 1.30lbs. Height: 9.50" Width: 6.50" Depth: 0.75" Language: English
The crow spelled death for medieval Europeans, but for Native Americans it represents a guide from the spirit world. Dictionary of Symbols explores 1,000 symbols from across the world's cultures and throughout the ages. Unlike other books on the subject, it is truly comprehensive, including entries, arranged alphabetically, for everything from amaranth (a Greek symbol of immortality) to ziggurat (a temple-shaped Mesopotamian icon). Indexed, cross-referenced, and packed with over 100 drawings, this is an indispensable reference for writers, artists, and anyone intrigued by the power of primal metaphors.