Chinese Symbolism and Art Motifs

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The Eight Immortals, the five elements, the dragon and the phoenix, yin and yang -- representations of these important cultural symbols are pervasive in Chinese art and architecture. Indeed, without an understanding of their significance, much Asian art cannot be fully appreciated.

In this comprehensive handbook, C.A.S. Williams offers concise explanations of these essential symbols and motifs. The book is an unabridged reprint of the third edition of Outlines of Chinese ...

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Overview

The Eight Immortals, the five elements, the dragon and the phoenix, yin and yang -- representations of these important cultural symbols are pervasive in Chinese art and architecture. Indeed, without an understanding of their significance, much Asian art cannot be fully appreciated.

In this comprehensive handbook, C.A.S. Williams offers concise explanations of these essential symbols and motifs. The book is an unabridged reprint of the third edition of Outlines of Chinese Symbolism and Art Motives, published in Shanghai in 1941, a work that has become a standard reference volume for students of China and Chinese culture.

Arranged alphabetically for easy access, the book not only explains essential cultural symbols, but also contains many articles on Chinese beliefs, customs, arts and crafts, food, agriculture, and medicine.

For those China-bound, Chinese Symbolism and Art Motifs is an indispensable guide to the Middle Kingdom's artistic and architectural wonders. For the general reader, it is an essential compendium of sinological lore.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780785811268
  • Publisher: Book Sales, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/1999
  • Edition description: 3RD, REVISED
  • Pages: 472
  • Product dimensions: 6.15 (w) x 8.61 (h) x 1.57 (d)

Table of Contents

Agriculture 1
Alarm-staff 5
Amber 5
Amitabha 7
Amusements 7
Ananda 14
Ancestral Worship 16
Ant 16
Apple 18
Apricot 18
Architecture 19
Astrology 27
Astronomy 30
Axe 31
Azalea 31
Bamboo 33
Bat 34
Bear 35
Beast of Greed 35
Bee 37
Begging-bowl 38
Bell 38
Birds and Beasts 40
Birth 42
Bodhi Tree 44
Books 45
Brahma 47
Bronze 47
Broom 50
Buddha's Hand 51
Butterfly 51
Cangue 53
Canopy 53
Carpets 53
Castanets 57
Cat 58
Cedrela 59
Chain 60
Charms 60
Cherry 65
Chinaware 65
Chisel-knife 69
Chrysanthemum 69
Cicada 70
Club 71
Coins 72
Colours 76
Compass 80
Conch-shell 83
Conch-shell Trumpet 83
Confucius 84
Convolvulus 86
Coral 87
Costume 87
Cotton 100
Crane 101
Cricket 102
Cross-thunderbolt 102
Cow 102
Crown of Brahma 103
Curios 103
Cycle of Sixty 104
Dagger 108
Death 108
Deer 115
Diamond Mace 116
Diaper Patterns 117
Dog 124
Donkey 127
Door Gods 128
Dove 131
Dragon 132
Dragon-fly 141
Drama 142
Drum 146
Duck 146
Eight Diagrams 148
Eight Immortals 151
Eight Treasures 157
Eighteen Lohan 157
Elephant 168
Elixir of Life 171
Embroidery 173
Enamelware 174
Falcon 175
Fan 176
Feng Shui 178
Fire 179
Fish 183
Five Elements 186
Five Poisons 187
Five Viscera 189
Flags 189
Flowers 191
Flute 193
Fly-whisk 193
Footprints of Buddha 194
Four Heavenly Kings 195
Four Treasures 197
Fowl 198
Fox 200
Fu Hsi 202
Gall-bladder 205
Glow-worm 205
Goad 206
God of Fire 206
God of Literature 207
God of Longevity 209
God of the Kitchen 210
God of War 211
God of Wealth 212
Gold 215
Gong 215
Goose, Wild 216
Gourd 217
Grain Measure 217
Grape 218
Hammer 219
Hand 219
Hare 220
Heart 221
Hemerocallis 222
Horse 222
Hsi Wang Mu 226
Hundred Antiques 228
Idols 229
Intestines 231
Iron 231
Islands of the Blest 233
Jade 234
Jar 237
Jasmine 238
Joo-I 238
Kidneys 240
Kingfisher 240
Kuan Yin 241
Lacquer 245
Lamaism 246
Laocius 251
Lapis Lazuli 252
Leopard 253
Lion 253
Liver 255
Lotus 255
Lozenge 258
Lungs 259
Lute 259
Mace 261
Magnolia 261
Magpie 262
Maitreya Buddha 263
Manjusri 264
Marriage 266
Medicine 271
Mencius 274
Mirrors 274
Monkey 277
Moon 278
Mosquito 281
Mulberry 282
Musical Instruments 283
Mystic Knot 291
Narcissus 293
No Cha 293
Numbers 294
Oak 298
Olea Fragrans 298
Oleander 299
Opium 299
Orange 300
Orchid 301
Owl 301
Ox 302
Pagoda 305
Painting 306
Palm-Tree 313
P'an Ku 313
Parrot 315
Peach 315
Peacock 317
Pear 318
Pearl 319
P'eng Niao 320
Peony 320
Persimmon 321
Pheasant 322
Phoenix 323
Pig 326
Pike 327
Pine 327
Plant of Long Life 328
Plantain 330
Plum 330
Po Ku T'u 332
Pomegranate 333
Praying-mantis 333
P'u Hsien 334
Quail 336
Queen of Heaven 336
Rat 339
Reed-organ 339
Rhinoceros Horns 340
Rice 341
Ring 342
Rosary 342
Scroll 345
Seals 345
Secret Societies 348
Seven Appearances 349
Shakyamuni Buddha 349
Sheep 356
Shop-signs 357
Shun 359
Silk 359
Silver 361
Skeleton Staff 362
Skull-cup 362
Snake 362
Snare 363
Spear 363
Spiritualism 364
Spleen 365
Stars 365
Stomach 374
Stone 374
Stone Chime 376
Su Shih 378
Sun 378
Swallow 380
Swastika 381
Sword 382
Ta Yu 385
T'ai Chi 385
Tea 387
Ten Celestial Stems 391
Thigh-bone Trumpet 392
Three Great Beings 392
Three Pure Ones 392
Thunderbolt 396
Thunderbolt-dagger 397
Tiger 398
Ti Tsang 400
Toad 401
Tortoise 403
Trees 406
Trident 409
Twelve Ornaments 409
Twelve Terrestrial Branches 411
Umbrella 413
Unicorn 413
Vase 416
Vermicelli 416
Vulture Peak 418
Water 419
Water-pot 423
Wei-Ch'i 423
Wei T'o 424
Wheel of the Law 424
Willow 427
Wish-granting Gem 440
Wolf 440
Wood 440
Written Characters 441
Yama 451
Yin and Yang 458
Yao 458
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