Frances Carey The Tree: Meaning and Myth

ISBN 13: 9780714150857

The Tree: Meaning and Myth

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This is a beautifully illustrated book celebrating the significance of trees throughout history and across the globe, looking at their place in nature, fiction, belief and art. Trees - actual, mythical and metaphorical - are at the heart of mankind's relationship with the natural and supernatural world, a relationship that serves as a powerful index of both ecological and spiritual well-being. The Tree: Meaning and Myth is beautifully illustrated with an incredible range of art and artefacts offering a wide-ranging cross-cultural approach to the subject. We encounter the Egyptian tree goddess Hathor dispensing sustenance in the afterlife; the mighty oak sacred to Zeus; Adam and Eve alongside the tree of the knowledge of good and evil; the Buddha under the bodhi tree of enlightenment; Rembrandt's celebrated etching The Three Trees; and trees in modern art. Profiles of twenty-five trees arranged alphabetically are complemented by a wonderfully diverse selection of images. A sample of the trees featured include Baobab, Birch, Eucalyptus, Olive, Poplar, Oak, and Cocoa. 200 colour illustrations showcase an incredible range of art and artefacts, from Egyptian wall paintings, to ancient Greek vases and jewellery, Indian temple sculptures, Japanese woodcuts, Indonesian shadow puppets, British watercolours and a twenty-first-century tree of life from Mozambique.


"Lindsay Fulcher leafs through a book called The Tree:Meaning and Myth and digs up the vital part that it has played in every aspect of human history". - Minerva

"Frances Carey weaves a brilliant narrative of the tree in human life through the ages. With sumptuous illustration, she explores both our mythic and practical relationship with one of civilisation's greatest and most enduring roots." -Jon Snow, broadcaster and supporter of Trees for Cities

"This is a book full of treasures, a delight to enjoy". -The Spectator

"Magnificent... The British Museum Press produces books that all bibliophiles will yearn to own and this is no exception. It is a bargain at the price". --Yorkshire Gazette & Herald

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