Chinese Symbolism and Art Motifs
By (author) Charles Alfred Speed Williams
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Chinese Symbolism and Art Motifs by Charles Alfred Speed Williams
Book DescriptionThis fourth revised edition of "Chinese Symbolism and Art Motifs," first published in Shanghai in 1941, features an introduction by Dr. Terence Barrow, has been completely reset and now uses the Pinyin pronunciation of Chinese names and words. The Eight Immortals, the five elements, the dragon and the phoenix, "yin" and "yang" representations of these important cultural symbols are pervasive in Chinese literature, art and architecture. Without an understanding of their significance, much Chinese history, folklore and culture can't be fully appreciated. In this comprehensive handbook, C.A.S. Williams offers concise explanations and over 400 illustrations of these essential symbols and motifs. Arranged alphabetically for easy access, the book not only explains essential cultural symbols, accompanied by their Chinese characters, but also contains many articles on Chinese beliefs, customs, arts and crafts, food, agriculture, and medicine. This book has become a standard reference volume for students of China and Chinese culture. For those who are visiting China, "Chinese Symbolism and Art Motifs" is an indispensable guide to the Middle Kingdom's artistic and architectural wonders. For the general reader, it is a valuable compendium of fascinating sinological lore."
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780804837040
(228mm x 152mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Tuttle Publishing
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
Publish Date: 30-Apr-2006
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Charles Alfred Speed Williams
Outlines of Chinese Symbolism and Art Motives, Paperback (June 1977)» View all books by Charles Alfred Speed Williams
This standard reference, long familiar to students of Chinese culture, emphasizes the historical, legendary, or supernatural persons, animals, and objects as symbols in art and literature. 402 illustrations.
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Author Biography - Charles Alfred Speed Williams
"Charles Alfred Speed Williams" was a distinguished British scholar who spent most of his active life in China. He served as Acting Commissioner in Charge of Maritime Customs in Peking, Examiner in Mandarin for Hong Kong University and Lecturer at Chiaotung University.
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