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Ancient Sichuan : treasures from a lost civilization

Author: Robert W Bagley
Publisher: Seattle, Wash. : Seattle Art Museum ; Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This extraordinary catalogue accompanies a major traveling exhibition of 128 works of bronze, jade, and clay dating from the thirteenth century B.C. to the second century A.D. The majority of these stunningly sophisticated works of art--among the most unusual and spectacular produced anywhere in the ancient world--all come from a startling archaeological discovery made just fourteen years ago at the previously  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Exhibition catalogues
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Robert W Bagley
ISBN: 0691088519 9780691088518
OCLC Number: 45610099
Description: 359 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 31 cm
Contents: Director's Preface / Mimi Gardner Gates --
Curator's Acknowledgements / Jay Xu --
Editor's Preface / Robert Bagley --
Map of China --
Map of Sichuan --
Map of Chengdu Region --
Introduction Part 1: Sichuan before the Warring States Period / Jay Xu --
Introduction Part 2: Sichuan in the Warring States and Han Periods / Michele Pirazzoli-t'Serstevens --
Ch. 1. Bronze at Sanxingdui / Jay Xu --
Ch. 2. Jade and Stone at Sanxingdui / Jenny F. So --
Ch. 3. The Chengdu Plain in the Early First Millennium B.C.: Zhuwajie / Lothar von Falkenhausen --
Ch. 4. The Archaeology of Eastern Sichuan at the End of the Bronze Age (Fifth to Third Century B.C.) / Alain Thote.
Responsibility: edited by Robert Bagley, with contributions by Jay Xu [and others].
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Accompanies a major traveling exhibition of 128 works of bronze, jade, and clay dating from the thirteenth century BC to the second century AD. This catalogue includes eight essays on the  Read more...

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