China: Dawn of a Golden Age, 200-750 AD

China: Dawn of a Golden Age, 200-750 AD

by James C. Y. Watt
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300104871

ISBN-13: 9780300104875

Pub. Date: 10/11/2004

Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art

From the fall of the Han dynasty at the turn of the third century to the eventual reunification of the country under the Sui at the turn of the seventh century, China experienced a tumultuous and fascinating political and cultural history. The political fragmentation that occurred between the dynasties and the massive migration of nomadic peoples into China

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From the fall of the Han dynasty at the turn of the third century to the eventual reunification of the country under the Sui at the turn of the seventh century, China experienced a tumultuous and fascinating political and cultural history. The political fragmentation that occurred between the dynasties and the massive migration of nomadic peoples into China resulted in contact with people from every part of Asia and the introduction of foreign ideas, religion, art forms, and motifs. Out of this grew the magnificent art of Tang China in the early eighth century.

This book is the first comprehensive survey of Chinese art during this complex era. Lavishly illustrated and produced, the volume presents more than three hundred recent archaeological finds: including gold artifacts made by the nomadic peoples from Mongolia, luxury articles of glass and precious metals from Western and Central Asia, early Chinese Buddhist sculptures, and spectacular works in every medium from the Tang period. Essays by distinguished scholars provide a historical background, discuss the various media, and trace the changes in art styles over a period that saw a radical modification of Chinese civilization.

In the great tradition of publications on Chinese art from the Metropolitan Museum, China: Dawn of a Golden Age will become an essential text for years to come.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300104875
Publisher:
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Publication date:
10/11/2004
Series:
Metropolitan Museum of Art Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
9.38(w) x 12.28(h) x 1.33(d)

Table of Contents

About this exhibition
Art and history in China from the 3rd through the 8th century2
Central Asian metalwork in China47
The art of glass along the Silk Road57
The evolution of textiles along the Silk Road67
Buddha images of the northern plain, 4th-6th century79
Buddhist art in China89
Catalogue
ILate Han, late 2nd-early 3rd century103
IIThe coming of the Xianbei123
IIIEarly Northern Wei dynasty137
IVThe western regions and the way thither175
VSouth China, 3rd-6th century199
VILuoyang and after, 6th century in the north231
VIIArts of the Sui and early Tang dynasties, 581-755275

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