The Hunter and His Art: A Survey of Rock Art in Southern Africa by Jalmar and Ione Rudner
Date Listed 02/08/2018
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Wonderful book. The Rudners’ life’s work culminated in the publication of their book "The Hunter and His Art; a Survey of Rock Art in Southern Africa". Published in 1970 this seminal volume was one of the first comprehensive studies on the subject.PLEASE NOTE: These photos are stock photos and not of my book. My cover is better than the one in the photo and I can send you photos on request. The Hunter and His Art-A Survey of Rock Art in Southern Africa. Rock art is a complex subject and can be approached from the point of view of the artist or that of the scientist, in particular the archaeologist and ethnologist. Popular books have often emphasized the artistic aspect. The main difference between the Ice Age or Palaeolithic rock art in Europe and the rock art in Africa is that the former belongs only to a very distant past and therefore has little or no connection with existing peoples and conditions in Europe, while in Southern Africa the rock art extended into recent times and some of it was associated with population groups which still exist.The beautiful animal pictures of the Drakensberg and other areas have often been illustrated in books and articles on rock art. We have chosen rather to show pictures concerned with people and their activities, to illustrate what the people of the period looked like, how they dressed and armed themselves, how they hunted, trekked, fought, danced and attended to their daily life.Hardback with dustcover, and illustrated endpapers, xi plus 278 pages text with supported colour plates and illustrations. The dust jacket is worn with small tears on the front and back.. Original boards with gilt vignette to front cover.Cover Blurb: Jalmar and Ione Rudner are well known both inside and outside South Africa for their work in the fields of archaeology and ethnology, having published many papers and articles. Jalmar Rudner was Honorary Curator of Archaeology at the South African Museum for thirteen years and was also Honorary General Secretary of the South African Archaeological Society for a few years. Ione Rudner is a staff member in the department of Palaeontology at the South African Museum. Their studies in many remote corners of South Africa, South West Africa, Rhodesia, Angola, Lesotho and Botswana are reflected in this survey of rock art in Southern Africa. During their travels over the past 20 years the Rudners made hundreds of tracings and engravings. Of these they have selected 60 to be reproduced in colour in this book, as well as numerous black and white drawings which appear in the text. The Rudner couple use their wide experience and knowledge to attempt to answer the basic questions of: Who made the pictures? When? Why? But they do not pretend to know all the answers.
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