Chinese Motifs of Good Fortune: Discovering China

Chinese Motifs of Good Fortune: Discovering China

by Zhu Wen
     
 

This fascinating and readable book is an exploration of Chinese culture as it appears in art.

Chinese porcelains decorated with peaches and ats...textiles boldly printed with a phoenix and peony pattern...furniture carved with dragons amid the coulds...These popular patterns are beautiful and eye-catching—but what do these art symbols mean? Each

Overview

This fascinating and readable book is an exploration of Chinese culture as it appears in art.

Chinese porcelains decorated with peaches and ats...textiles boldly printed with a phoenix and peony pattern...furniture carved with dragons amid the coulds...These popular patterns are beautiful and eye-catching—but what do these art symbols mean? Each expresses a wish for fortune, whether that represents prosperity, health, luck or happiness.

In China, decorating with auspicious patterns dates back thousands of years, and remains popular today. It has strong ties with tradition, and provides insight into Chinese philosophies about nature, religion, morality and government. Symbols invoking fortune appear in a wide range of media, from porcelains to furniture to architectural decoration, among many others.

This Chinese art book examines traditional auspicious patterns featuring animals, plants, figures, objects and symbols, as well as those that combine motifs from different categories. You will discover how to decode this intricate world of Chinese symbolism by exploring the history, meaning and use of many common patterns. In fact, learning this "visual language" will provide a new level of appreciation not only for China's remarkable decorative arts but also its profound traditional culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781602201194
Publisher:
Shanghai Press
Publication date:
03/10/2011
Series:
Discovering China Series
Edition description:
1st Edition, Hardcover with Jacket
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Zhu Wen, majored in Art and Design at Tongji University, Shanghai, now works as an architect in Shanghai. She has contributed to the designs of many important structures and published several books.

Liu Shenghui began working as a professional photographer in 1997, and has published over thirty photo collections related to interior design in China and published several books.

Liu Shenghui began working as a professional photographer in 1997, and he currently works for several top magazines. He has published over thirty photo collections related to interior design in China.

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