Gold: Nature and Culture (Earth) by Rebecca Zorach,Michael W. Phillips Jr PDF

By Rebecca Zorach,Michael W. Phillips Jr

For millennia, around the globe, this glowing and incorruptible aspect has beguiled humankind, attracting treasure seekers, artistically decorating the lifeless and the dwelling, and symbolically representing strength, wealth, divinity and eternity. Gold embodies paradoxes: the very softness that made it ill-suited to creating instruments can have caused its use as foreign money, and all through heritage it's been used to represent the antithesis of precise price - in opinions of wealth and idolatry - virtually up to it has forced admiration. It has additionally usually been a flashpoint for collisions among cultures with very diversified worth platforms. certainly, the questions posed through the human wish for gold are crucial questions about worth itself and approximately which means within the broadest sense.
Gold deals a full of life, severe examine the cultural historical past of the 'noblest' of metals, analyzing the heritage of gold widely throughout many cultures and time classes: from controversies surrounding its non secular use to its position within the historical past of colonialism to its glossy position in technology, gold has performed such a lot of roles that it's tough to lock the steel itself in one's attractions. jointly, the publication and its many photos discover perceptions, myths, tales and evidence approximately gold over the centuries and internationally, delivering compelling examples from heritage, artwork, literature and movie and bringing the tale as much as the current, a time whilst the anxieties surrounding gold have replaced however the chronic lust for gold keeps to provide new ethical and actual perils.

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