Chinese Symbolism and Art Motifs: An Alphabetical Compendium of Antique Legends and Beliefs, as Reflected in the Manners and Customs of the Chinese

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C.E. Tuttle Company, 1988 - Art - 472 pages
Without understanding the significance of the cultural symbols that are pervasive in Chinese art and architecture, much Asian art cannot be fully appreciated. This comprehensive resource offers concise explanations of these important symbols and motifs. Arranged alphabetically for easy access, it not only explains essential cultural symbols, but also contains many articles on Chinese beliefs, customs, arts and crafts, food, agriculture, and medicine. Chinese Symbolism and Art Motifs is the classic handbook of symbolism in Chinese art. It is the unabridged reprint of a work that has become a standard reference volume for students of China and Chinese culture and is an indispensable guide to the Middle Kingdom's artistic and architectural wonders.

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