Chinese Sculpture

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Yale University Press, Jan 1, 2006 - Art - 521 pages

The most up-to-date and detailed exploration of China's magnificent sculptural heritage

Sculpture is becoming known as one of China's great arts. Neolithic figurines, rows upon rows of underground terra-cotta statues, exquisite bronzes, Buddhas carved in cave walls--all these are part of a vast sculptural heritage. This gorgeous book, written by a team of eminent international scholars, is the first to offer a comprehensive history of Chinese sculpture. Spanning some seven thousand years, Chinese Sculpture explores a beautiful and diverse world of objects, many of which have come to light in recent decades.

The authors analyze and present, mostly in color, more than five hundred examples of Chinese sculpture, dividing China's rich and complex sculptural legacy into two parts--secular (tomb and mortuary art) and religious (Buddhist, Confucianist, and Daoist art). Throughout, the authors highlight the inventiveness, purposes, and brilliant execution of Chinese sculpture and comment on how the country's culture nurtured the practical and intellectual choices that shaped its sculptural traditions over the millennia.


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This is a superb volume; an absolute 'must' for anyone seriously interested in the history and development of Chinese sculpture. If its heft and cost put you off (521 pages), I can assure you that it ... Read full review

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When Westerners think of Chinese sculpture, many probably visualize the famous terra-cotta warriors and horses from the First Emperor of Qin's mausoleum. Those certainly appear here-in the Neolithic ... Read full review

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From the Neolithic to the Han
From the Han to the Qing
From the Han to the Southern Song
From the Northern Song to the Qing
Map of Chinese Sculpture Sites 464

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About the author (2006)

Angela Falco Howard is professor of Asian art at Rutgers University and former special consultant in Chinese Buddhist art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Li Song is the former editor of Fine Art Studies (Beijing) and was editor in chief of the volume on sculpture in the Encyclopedia of China. Wu Hung is Harrie A. Vanderstappen Distinguished Service Professor in Chinese Art History and director of the Center for the Art of Asia at the University of Chicago. Yang Hong is professor and research fellow at the Institute of Archaeology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and senior editor of Cultural Relics.

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