Decorated Skin

Decorated Skin

A World Survey of Body Art

  1. Edited by Carl Gröning
  2. With texts by Ferdinand Anton
  • ISBN 9780500283288
  • 32.50 x 25.00 cm
  • Paperback with flaps
  • 256pp
  • 418 Illustrations, 378 in colour
  • plus 4 maps
  • First published 2001
‘Astounding and fascinating … deeply researched’ – International Herald Tribune


‘Magnificent’ – Independent on Sunday


‘The images are well chosen, well printed and beautifully photographed’ – The Times Literary Supplement


Since earliest times, humans have decorated their skin in endless ways and for fascinating reasons. In a wealth of astonishing illustrations, Decorated Skin presents some of the finest examples of body art past and present, taken from all over the world.

A distinguished team of art historians, ethnologists and archaeologists provide enlightening commentaries to set the images in context, documenting the development of an extraordinarily broad spectrum of body art, and providing a panorama of body decoration throughout the ages.