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This book is the first comprehensive study of an important monument of twelfth-century Chinese art, the imperially sponsored set of handscrolls transcribing and illustrating the poems in the ancient anthology known as the Book of Odes (Shijing), long canonized as a "Confucian classic." The project is reconstructed and analyzed as the centerpiece of Southern Song emperor Gaozong's efforts to bring about a dynastic revival and to persuade the Confucian official-elite of his own legitimacy to rule. The artist Ma Hezhi's compositions are shown to have been conceived in awareness of literary tradition and antiquarian currents in Song intellectual life. Vigorous connoisseurship is applied to solve the longstanding problem of separating "original" scrolls from "copies," and all extant scrolls are systematically catalogued in an appendix.
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This book is the first comprehensive study of an important monument of twelfth-century Chinese art, the imperially sponsored set of handscrolls transcribing and illustrating the poems in the ancient anthology known as the Book of Odes (Shijing), long canonized as a 'Confucian classic'.Review:
"Murray's study does an exemplary job of presenting and analyzing the scrolls....An excellent source for scholars of Chinese religions as well as students of art and literature." Linda L. Lam-Easton, Religious Studies Review
"As the first book-length, monographic analysis of an important set of poetic illustrations, Murray's examination of the Odes handscrolls is a serviceable addition to the growing list of works on Chinese poetic illustration in the handscroll format, most of which are still in the form of unpublished dissertations. The discussion of Ma Hezhi's biography will certainly become standard in the art historical literature, as will the formal stylistic and compositional study of the paintings and calligraphy." Deborah Del Gais Muller, China Review International
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Book Description Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1993. Hardcover. Condition: New. First Edition.. 256 pages. Hardcover with dustjacket. New book. CHINA. The first comprehensive study of one of the major monuments of twelfth-century Chinese painting. Illustrating the Book of Odes (Chijing), an important Chinese anthology of poetry, the series of handscrolls is the final and most ambitious artistic project by which the emperor Gaozong sought to validate the Southern Song dynastic revival and his own legitimacy. Includes an Index. (Key Words: Ma Hezhi, Book of Odes, Julia K. Murray, Ho-chih Ma, Literary Criticism, Chinese Literature, China, Chinese Scrolls, Gaozong, Poetry). book. Seller Inventory # 34108X3
Book Description Cambridge University Press, 1993. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0521417872