The extensively researched, in-depth, full-colour catalogue features a painstaking selection of 19 paintings and 47 'literati-taste' objects. The emphasis of all of them is on the extraordinary range of Chinese figural representation, with its tendency to humanize divine images and idealize secular figures, so that they meet somewhere in the middle as 'informal icons'. The earliest work is an important ink handscroll dated 1363, by the YŁan figure painter Chang Wu. A fine and extremely amusing outline handscroll by Leng Mei, painted before 1694, portrays the 18 lohan in a wild and expressive array; quite a rarity. In a completely different vein is the large silk portrait of Yen Hsiang-shih, Commander in Chief of Kansu province in the mid-18th century. Among the objects d'art are a number of rare masterpieces, most notable among them an extremely delicate and rare rhinoceros horn carving of P'u-t'ai with five boys clambering over him.
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Book Description Sydney L. Moss, 1988. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110898152801
Book Description Sydney L. Moss. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0898152801 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.0500704
Book Description Sydney L. Moss, 1988. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0898152801
Book Description Sydney L. Moss, Ltd., London, 1988. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. Quarto, (9" X 11.5"), putty colored paper covered paper covered boards with gilt titles and spine title. 160 pp. Including map of Chiangnan region, bibliography and character index. Lavishly illustrated throughout, with full color illustrations of the many paintings, sculptures and objets in the catalog. Beginning with a 16 page foldout of the painting "Eight Immortals of the Wine Cup", and including one two-fold with photographs of sculptures of "The Eight Taoist Immortals" and a four-fold reproduction of the painting and calligraphy, "Elegant Gathering at Ch'ing An", with a total of 66 full page, full color photographs and reproductions along with in text black and white illustrations. Each ful page illustration is accompanied by an extensive and detailed commentary on the work along with physical dimensions and specifications. A gorgeous artistic and scholarly book production. This copy is unread, unblemished and pristine. BRAND NEW BOOK. Bookseller Inventory # 10170