This outstanding collection of articles addresses one of the vexing questions of early China studies: what do the symbols adorning the ancient bronze vessels mean? Authors include Sarah Allan, Robert Bagley, Li Xueqin, Jessica Rawson, Xiong Chuanxin, Wang Tao, Colin McKenzie, and Alain Thote. An epilogue by Allan addresses the other essays, elaborating on her theory that the motifs are not "representations" of anything but do have thematic relationships with the myth and ritual of the Shang. The book includes many beautiful black-and-white illustrations. Production values are high--note the striking cover design. It evolved from a colloquy at the School of African and Oriental Studies in London, sponsored by the Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art.
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Book Description London : Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, 1993. Soft cover. Book Condition: Fine. 176 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm. "Held June 1990." CONTENTS: Foreword / Roderick Whitfield -- Art and meaning / Sarah Allen -- Meaning and explanation / Robert W. Bagley -- Liangzhu culture and the Shang dynasty Taotie motif / Li Xuequin -- Late Shang bronze design / Jessica Rawson --Zoomorphic bronzes of the Shang and Zhou periods / Xiong Chuanxin -- A textual investigation of the Taotie / Wang Tao -- Meaning and style in the art of Chu / Colin Mackenzie -- Aspects of the serpent on eastern Zhou bronzes and lacquerware / Alain Thote -- Epilogue / Sarah Allen. Bookseller Inventory # 5jbew036
Book Description Percival David Foundation Of Chinese Art, London, 1993 First Paperback Edition., 1993. 4to. pp 176. Large format paperback. Copiously illustrated in black and white throughout. ISBN: 0728602032 Neat inked stamp from the 'Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art' on title page, otherwise very good+. Bookseller Inventory # C12018
Book Description School of Oriental & African Studies 1/1/1993, 1993. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: Very Good. 0728602032 in our rare books collection. Bookseller Inventory # Z0728602032Z2
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