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Symmetry Comes of Age: The Role of Pattern in Culture

Symmetry Comes of Age: The Role of Pattern in Culture
Author: Washburn/C
ISBN 13: 9780295983660
ISBN 10: 295983663
Edition: 1st
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Publication Date: 2004-05-01
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 392
List Price: $60.00

In this companion volume to their Symmetries of Culture: Theory and Practice of Plane Pattern Analysis (U. of Washington Press, 1991), Washburn (U. of Arizona) and Crowe (emeritus, math, U. of Wisconsin) present 10 papers (they supply two, and the others are from colleagues in various disciplines.) The papers apply the analytical approach detailed in the earlier work, discussing how cultures use pattern to encode and project meaning. Topics include symmetries in Yombe woven mats of the lower Congo, insights into Ica-Inca interactions through the study of Ica Valley ceramics, the interaction of color and pattern in Zulu beadwork conventions, and design structure and shamanic therapy in the upper Amazon. The book includes plentiful illustrations in color and b&w. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR