Body and Soul
Contemporary Armor to Amulets
From the beginning
of time, armor and amulets have been used for protection and are
found in cultures across the globe, and those who crafted them have
been esteemed as artists by their communities. The contemporary
examples showcased here, in 200 eye-catching images, demonstrate
the enduring artistry of the forms and the crucial role such objects
can play in safeguarding body and soul, especially in our current
Age of Terror. An exciting array of protective hardware (armor,
barriers, wearable weaponry) and protective "software"
(charms, amulets, talismans), reveal a broad range of strategies
for human defense.
Focusing on work
from the twenty-first century, this captivating book features some
of today's finest artists and metalsmiths and testifies to the continued
relevance of this creative pursuit. An introductory essay charts the
wider cultural terrain of protective ornament--touching on issues
of history, anthropology, and psychology, while portfolio sections
spotlight subsets of defensive and offensive wear. Among the works
of art are helmets, elaborate knuckledusters, pendants, collars, rings,
bracelets, metal jackets, and chain mail, all designed for safety.
pages, Hardcover, Full Color, 11 1/4" x 8 3/4", © 2014