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Chinese Sculpture / Edition 1
     

Chinese Sculpture / Edition 1

by Angela Falco Howard, Hung Wu, Hong Yang, Song Li
 

ISBN-10: 0300100655

ISBN-13: 9780300100655

Pub. Date: 04/28/2006

Publisher: Yale University Press

Sculpture is becoming known as one of China’s great arts. Neolithic figurines, rows upon rows of underground terra-cotta statues, exquisite bronzes, Buddhas carved in cave walls—all these are part of a vast sculptural heritage. This gorgeous book, written by a team of eminent international scholars, is the first to offer a comprehensive history of

Overview

Sculpture is becoming known as one of China’s great arts. Neolithic figurines, rows upon rows of underground terra-cotta statues, exquisite bronzes, Buddhas carved in cave walls—all these are part of a vast sculptural heritage. This gorgeous book, written by a team of eminent international scholars, is the first to offer a comprehensive history of Chinese sculpture. Spanning some seven thousand years, Chinese Sculpture explores a beautiful and diverse world of objects, many of which have come to light in recent decades.

The authors analyze and present, mostly in color, more than five hundred examples of Chinese sculpture, dividing China’s rich and complex sculptural legacy into two parts—secular (tomb and mortuary art) and religious (Buddhist, Confucianist, and Daoist art). Throughout, the authors highlight the inventiveness, purposes, and brilliant execution of Chinese sculpture and comment on how the country’s culture nurtured the practical and intellectual choices that shaped its sculptural traditions over the millennia.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300100655
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
04/28/2006
Series:
The Culture & Civilization of China
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
536
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 12.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

ChronologyX
Emperors of the Song, Yuan, Ming, and Qing DynastiesXI
Map of ChinaXII
Introduction
Li Song1
Angela Falco Howard7
Part IThe Secular Tradition: Burial Art and Spirit Paths
1From the Neolithic to the Han17
2From the Han to the Qing105
Part IIThe Religious Tradition: Buddhas, Sages, and Heavenly Worthies
3From the Han to the Southern Song201
4From the Northern Song to the Qing357
Epilogue: Angela Falco Howard461
Map of Chinese Sculpture Sites464
Notes467
Further Readings491
List of Contributors497
Acknowledgments499
Illustration Credits501
Index503

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