Conceived by Chinese mystical philosophers of the fourth and fifth centuries B.C. as a way of understanding man's cooperation with the natural world, Taoism is neither formal religion nor structured philosophy. Its iconography, expressed in hundreds of years of Chinese art, is rich, ambiguous, and symbolic. Here the quintessence of the imagery inspired by this infinitely sympathetic and accessible way of thinking is exquisitely presented. 80 illustrations, 40 in color.