This informative guide highlights the differences and similarities in the symbolism of everyday objects among various ancient, classical, eastern, and western civilizations. It also serves as a companion to the author's Dictionary of Subjects & Symbols in Art (HarperCollins, 1979. rev. ed.), which primarily focused on the symbolism of Christian and classical art. Over 600 objects are arranged into six sections by broad subject categories: abstract signs, animals, artefacts, earth and sky, human body and dress, and plants. A seventh section focuses on collective symbols that have multiple attributes and meanings. Each entry describes a specific symbol in relation to various beliefs, social customs or religious worship, denotes its origin, contains keys to bibliographic references or notes, suggests cross-reference terms, and includes an illustration of the symbol. Appendixes include a transcription of Chinese, notes, and references by section, a bibliography, and brief chronological tables for the Egyptian, Mesopotamian, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Tibetan, and Western civilizations. This versatile guide will be useful for all types of libraries and collections.