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Chinese silk : a cultural history

Author: S J Vainker
Publisher: London : British Museum Press ; New Brunswick, N.J. : in association with Rutgers University Press, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Shelagh Vainker traces the cultural history of silk in China from its Neolithic origins to the twentieth century, considering its role in Chinese history, trade, religion and literature as well as its relationship to the other decorative arts. Drawing upon the most recent archaeological evidence from less perishable media such as jades, bronzes and ceramics along with paintings, poems and other texts, she brings  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: S J Vainker
ISBN: 0714114790 9780714114798 0813534461 9780813534466
OCLC Number: 53951739
Description: 224 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 27 x 27 cm
Contents: From filaments to finery : the development of silk production in early China --
Early empire and foreign trade : the expansion of silk consumption --
Internationalism and monasticism : silks of the Sui and Tang --
Literati tapestries and gold brocades : silk in Song China and the border dynasties --
Industrialization and art collecting : the weaves and embroideries of the Ming Dynasty --
Everyday opulence in China and the west : silk in the Qing dynasty and the republics.
Responsibility: Shelagh Vainker.

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"Shelagh Vainker traces the cultural history of silk in China from its Neolithic origins to the twentieth century, considering its role in Chinese history, trade, religion and literature as well as its relationship to the other decorative arts. Drawing upon the most recent archaeological evidence from less perishable media such as jades, bronzes and ceramics along with paintings, poems and other texts, she brings together a wide range of material including some sources available until now only in Chinese. Recent acquisitions by public and private collections in the United States, Hong Kong and Europe are also included. The result is a book that illuminates the luxury of silk throughout the ages."--Jacket.

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