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Chinese art : a guide to motifs and visual imagery

Author: Patricia Bjaaland Welch
Publisher: North Clarendon, VT : Tuttle Pub., ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"Chinese Art examines the meanings behind the hundreds of common motifs and symbols found in all forms of Chinese art, exposing their linguistic, metaphoric or historic origins, common usage, and diverse applications. Plants, flowers, real and imaginary animals and birds, reptiles, fish and amphibians, colors, numbers, and a myriad of inanimate images and personages communicate auspicious and benevolent messages in  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Patricia Bjaaland Welch
ISBN: 9780804838641 080483864X
OCLC Number: 154701519
Description: 288 p. : col. ill. ; 29 cm.
Contents: pt. 1. Symbolism from nature: Flowers and plants. Fruits, vegetables, kernels, and seeds. Minerals. Real and imaginary birds. Insects, reptiles, fish, and amphibians. Real and imaginary animals --
pt. 2. Mortals and religious beings: Children. Single male figures. Group figures. Buddhist deities and figures. Female figures --
pt. 3. Inanimate objects: Borders and other repeated patterns. Chinese characters. Colors. Numbers. Religious images and symbols. Inanimate objects.
Responsibility: Patricia Bjaaland Welch.
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"Chinese Art examines the meanings behind the hundreds of common motifs and symbols found in all forms of Chinese art, exposing their linguistic, metaphoric or historic origins, common usage, and diverse applications. Plants, flowers, real and imaginary animals and birds, reptiles, fish and amphibians, colors, numbers, and a myriad of inanimate images and personages communicate auspicious and benevolent messages in the Chinese vocabulary of decorative art. Many of the symbols are easily recognizable, and thanks to China's love of the past, reappear almost continuously. A perfect reference for collectors, museum-goers, docents, students of Chinese art, and anyone else with a serious interest in the culture and history of China, the book includes both Chinese and Pinyin text, over 630 illustrations (including references to on-line collections), an extensive index in both Chinese and English, a bibliography, and a list of recommended museums and other places to visit with interesting collections of Chinese art."--Publisher's website.

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