Chinese Art: A Guide to Motifs and Visual Imagery

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The symbols and motifs of Chinese art are decoded in this encyclopedic guide to their meanings. Chinese Art: A Guide to Motifs and Visual Imagery includes entries for hundreds of images that continuously reappear in the arts of China, including specific plants and animals, religious beings, mortals and inanimate objects. The book thoroughly illuminates the origins, common usages and diverse applications of popular Chinese symbols in a tone that is both engaging and ...

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Overview

The symbols and motifs of Chinese art are decoded in this encyclopedic guide to their meanings. Chinese Art: A Guide to Motifs and Visual Imagery includes entries for hundreds of images that continuously reappear in the arts of China, including specific plants and animals, religious beings, mortals and inanimate objects. The book thoroughly illuminates the origins, common usages and diverse applications of popular Chinese symbols in a tone that is both engaging and authoritative.

Chinese Art: A Guide to Motifs and Visual Imagery is an essential reference for collectors, museum-goers, docents, students and anyone else with a serious interest in the culture and history of China. Includes both Chinese and Pinyin text, over 630 illustrations, an extensive index in both Chinese and English, bibliography and more.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804843164
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/10/2012
  • Edition description: Paperback with Flaps
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 554,579
  • Product dimensions: 10.90 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Patricia Bjaaland Welch, MA, is a former lecturer in Chinese philosophy and art at Boston University, and has been a docent for over two decades in prominent museums in Boston, Bangkok, and Singapore. She has written several in-house training manuals for docents and is passionate about bringing people into museums and helping them to appreciate what they are seeing. She is a frequent lecturer on subjects relating to Chinese art and history. An avid collector and researcher, she is also the author of five published works, including Chinese New Year. She currently lives in Singapore.

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