Chinese Symbolism and Art Motifs

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Tuttle Publishing, Mar 31, 1989 - Art - 472 pages
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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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While this is clearly a pioneer and classic work in its field, there are, today, newer works that surpass this volume, first published 67 years ago, without many updates throughout its many reprints ... Read full review

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An Easy-to-use Reference on Chinese Symbolism A-Z: This book is an A-Z listing of hundreds of Chinese names and symbols, with a brief explanation of the items relevance and importance in Chinese ... Read full review

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