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The Symbol Detective (2008)

by Tony Allan

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Symbols are a hidden language working not by direct reference but rather by a subtle process of allusion.
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The Symbol Detective

Whether you're curious to decipher a colleague's tattoo, a decorative chalice, or a fascinating geometrical device - or just want to know if the beautiful Eastern motif on your new t-shirt actually means anything - here is the book for you. Highly portable and easy to use, this field guide enables you to interpret symbols from across the world, so whether you're in a museum, in a church, or simply walking down the street, you'll never by mystified by a motif again.

  • Discover the significance of any symbol by understanding its historical and cultural background

  • Decode key motifs, objects, and details to reveal layers of meaning with the help of more than 250 illustrations.

  • Consult an at-a-glace glossary for quick information on dozens of common symbols - or explore further for deeper insight
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This book enables the reader to: discover the significance of any symbol by understanding its historical and cultural background; decode key motifs, objects and details to reveal layers of meaning.

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