Art Work,Idole_Minami(South)Alps appeared in Prehistoric Figurines: Representation and Corporeality in the Neolithic

Eternal Idoles(Photo : “Idole_South Alps In Yamanashi”)  that one of Tsunaki Kuwashima’s art works are picked up for  “Prehistoric Figurines”(Oxford University Press) written by our friend,Dr Douglass Bailey.This will tell you how worthy Tsunaki Kuwashima’s art work is. If you are interested, please do have a look!!

お知らせ:桑嶋維の作品、「永遠のアイドル」のシリーズの「南アルプスのアイドル」がこの度”Prehistoric Figurines”(Oxford University Press)で紹介されることになりました。
筆者であるDr Douglass Bailey氏は2009年に大英博物館で行われました「The power of Dogu」展のキュレーターのメンバーでもあり、彼の著作で桑嶋の作品が紹介、評価がされます事によって多くの方々の目に触れる事となり、喜んでおります。みなさまにも是非ご覧頂けますよう願っております。

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About author

Dr Douglass Bailey is Senior Lecturer at Cardiff University and a world authority on the prehistory of eastern Europe. He has conducted fieldwork in Romania and Bulgaria and written on a wide range of topics including art, architecture, and the politics of archaeology. His Balkan Prehistory (Routledge 2000) is the standard text on the southeast European Neolithic.


Fully illustrated, Prehistoric Figurines brings a radical new approach to one of the most exciting, but poorly understood artefacts from our prehistoric past. Studying the interpretation of prehistoric figurines from Neolithic southeast Europe, Bailey introduces recent developments from the fields of visual culture studies and cultural anthropology, and investigates the ways in which representations of human bodies were used by the pre-historic people to understand their own identities, to negotiate relationships and to make subtle political points.

Bailey examines four critical conditions:
* figurines as miniatures
* figurines as three-dimensional representations
* figurines as anthropomorphs
* figurines as representations.

Through these conditions, the study travels beyond the traditional mechanisms of interpretation and takes the debate past the out-dated interpretations of figurines as Mother-Goddess as Bailey examines individual prehistoric figurines in their original archaeological contexts and views them in the light of modern exploitations of the human form.

Students and scholars of History and Archaeology will benefit immensely from Bailey’s close understanding of the material culture and pre-history of the Balkans.


‘There is certainly much of interest here, Many of the sources that Bailey brings to bear are completely novel to existing scholarship on prehistoric figurines, and they yield some real insights. The book itself is engagingly written and well illustrated. Discussions of the diverse sources make for a lively read.’ – Cambridge Archaeological Journal

‘Whatever you know about prehistoric figurines, this book will open your eyes and make you think… Bailey halps the reader all the way, with a meticulously constructed tect, written in an absorbing style; it combines some closely observed descriptions of the forms of figurines with comprehensive syntheses of their archaeological contexts, critical reviews of previous studies and interpretations, accessible explanations of complex ideas about human representation, and a selection of photographs and line drawings that work actively alongside the text… this is an outstanding book, because it poses so many thought-provoking questions about the complex qualities of visual representations of human bodies in the past and their significance today. – Antiquity

‘…engagingly written and well illustrated…Bailey makes a bold effort to open up interpretation of Neolithic figurines from southeastern Europe…provoking thoughts far beyond any traditional archaeological bounds.’ – Richard G. Lesure, University of California

About the publishing company

With origins dating back to 1478, Oxford University Press (OUP) is the world’s largest university press with the widest global presence. Our Global Academic Publishing program spans the entire academic and higher education spectrum, including a wide array of scholarly and general interest books, journals, and online products.


Please check this book and Tsunaki Kuwashima’s artworks!

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