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Description - The Arts of China to A.D. 900 by William Watson

This is a survey of China's wealth of art, architecture and artefacts from prehistoric times to the 20th century. It investigates the beginnings of the traditions on which much of the art rests, moving from Neolithic and Bronze Age China to the era of the Tang Dynasty around AD 900. The book discusses in detail a wide range of art forms and techniques: porcelain and pottery, lacquer art, religious and secular painting and sculpture, mural painting, monumental sculpture and architecture. It explains the materials and techniques of bronze casting, jade carving, pottery manufacture, and other arts and describes the most important sites, the artefacts that were produced at each one, and the historical interactions between different areas. There is a discussion of the iconography, the technique and the function of every art form. This book should be a valuable resource for both experts and beginners in the field.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780300082845
ISBN-10: 0300082843
Format: Paperback / softback
(235mm x 156mm x mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publish Date: 3-Apr-2000
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - William Watson

William Watson is emeritus professor of Chinese art and archaeology at the University of London. Yale University Press Pelican History of Art series Also available, Watson: The Arts of China 900-1700, vol. II (ISBN 0 300 07393 3, #50.00*/$75.00*).

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