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Chinese Art and Design: Art Objects in Ritual and Daily Life

Rose Kerr

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ISBN 10: 087951437X / ISBN 13: 9780879514372
Published by Overlook Books, 1991
Condition: Good Hardcover
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Title: Chinese Art and Design: Art Objects in ...

Publisher: Overlook Books

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

Edition: First Edition.

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With fabulous illustrations of objects from a unique collection of Chinese art, this comprehensive volume reveals the splendors of seven thousand years of Chinese culture, from the elegant mansions of privileged Chinese citizens to the splendid setting of the Imperial Court.

Beginning with artifacts from the Neolithic age, about 5000 BC, and moving through history to the present day, this stunning volume explores China's past in a new and exciting way; by looking closely at some rare and beautiful art objects, it explains their place in Chinese ritual and daily life, such as their use in eating and drinking and other domestic rituals. Many of the patterns and scenes on Chinese art objects come from stories that carry overt or hidden meanings-this book attempts to demystify some of the more elaborate patterns and explains the importance of the way these artifacts were used. From ancient burial objects like the zun, a wine container shaped like an owl, to priceless and beautiful stone, precious metals, porcelain, jade, silk, and cloisonne objects used in religious ceremonies and everyday life, the art and craft objects presented here attest to the richness and complexity of this enduring civilization.

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Rose Kerr is curator of the Far Eastern Collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

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