"A Companion volume to James Hall’s perennial seller Dictionary of Subjects & Symbols in Art. which deals with the subject matter of Christian and Western art, the present volume includes the art of Egypt, the ancient Near East, Christian and classical Europe, India and the Far East. Flail explores the language of symbols in art showing how paintings, drawings and sculpture express man shades of meaning from simple, everyday hopes and fears to the profoundest philosophical and religious aspirations. The book explains and interprets symbols from many cultures, and over 600 illustrations clarify and complement the text. There are numbered references throughout the text to the sacred Iitcra-1 ture, myths and legends in which the symbols had their origins. Details of English translations of the works are in the bibliography. The book includes an appendix of the transcription of Chinese, notes and references, bibliography, chronological tables and index."
Acknowledgements -- How to use this book -- About symbols in art -- THE DICTIONARY -- 1: Abstract signs -- 2: Animals -- 3: Artefacts -- 4: Earth and Sky -- 5: Human Body and Dress -- 6: Plants – Collectives -- Appendix: the Transcription of Chinese -- Notes and References – Bibliography -- Chronological tables – Index.