Item description for The Return of the Cane: A Natural History of the Walking Stick by Gerard J. Van Den Broek & Bas Mazur...
Much more than a study of walking sticks as antiques and collectibles, this fascinating book also explores the myths and symbols associated with sticks and canes. Noting that apes use sticks as tools, to humans the stick is also a form of power. Batons, clubs, dueling sticks, scepters, staffs, and magic wands are cited and discussed showing the ancient association of sticks with authority, piety, strength, wisdom, and the supernatural; a chapter is devoted to famous canes in history and literature; and photographs and illustrations throughout present canes of various woods, decoration, and rarity.
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Studio: International Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 6.5" Height: 6.5" Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Release Date Nov 1, 2007
Publisher International Books
ISBN 9057270501 ISBN13 9789057270505
Availability 0 units.
More About Gerard J. Van Den Broek & Bas Mazur
Gerard J. van den Broek is an anthropologist, the director of an agency of the Interior Ministry of the Netherlands, andan independent communications consultant. He is the editor of Fieldwork: Sketches of Jac L. Jongsma 18931926 andthe coeditor ofThe Expert Sign: Semiotics of Culture."