Books

Refiguring East Asian Religious Art: Buddhist Devotion and Funerary Practice
Edited by Wu Hung and Paul Copp

Within the realm of Buddhist art, death is often portrayed not as the end but instead as a new beginning. Examining how pre-modern East Asians related to death as a broad concept is often just as impactful in the study of their culture and artwork as is the study of how they lived from day to day. This volume of twelve chapters is divided into four sections titled “Death of the Buddha and Buddhist Icons,” “Kinship and Commemoration,” “Filial Piety and Politics,” and “Constructing Ritual Space.” These chapters explore the powerful transformations that took place within ancient Buddhist societies when the life an individual came to an end and took on new life in unique forms of religious art and architecture. Dealing with concrete historical examples, these essays not only delve deep into the tightly woven interpersonal relationships, loyalties, and intense devotion that led to the creation of these religious and societal practices, they also challenge both the modern scholar and general reader to see with fresh eyes and refigure how we experience, conceptualize, and understand East Asian religious art.

Contributions by: Phillip E. Bloom, Madeleine Boucher, Sun-ah Choi, Liu Cong, Youn-mi Kim, Winston Kyan, Seunghye Lee, Sonya S. Lee, Wei-Cheng Lin, Kate Lingley, Kate Lingley, Katherine Tsiang, and Akiko Walley

Available in Softcover

(2019) 322 pages. ISBN: 9781588861511 


The Multivalent Screen: Materiality and Representation in East Asian Visual Culture
Edited by Foong Ping and Chelsea Foxwell

As multi-functional as they are artistically important, folding and standing screens assume a variety of roles unique to the cultures of East Asia. Frequently used in dwellings, temples, and tombs, East Asian screens have a rich history from ancient times up to the modern period, and yet they rarely have been examined as an art form in themselves. This volume of essays makes the art of screens its focus of inquiry. Originally written for the Center for the Art of East Asia’s 2011 symposium, “The Screen in East Asia and Beyond,” these nine essays take a fresh look at the complexity of this traditional art form by presenting the most recent art historical research and analysis of archaeological evidence. Starting from Bronze Age China, the essays address the historic use of screens in East Asia, the materials used in their creation, and the significance of their artistic content. The essays explore a variety of philosophical, religious, political, aesthetic, and gender issues related to the production of the screens. These scholarly studies are suitable for serious students and can also be appreciated by a broad range of art audiences.

Contributions by Guolong Lai, Katherine R. Tsiang, Wei-Cheng Lin, Li Xi, Masaaki Itakura, Elizabeth Lillehoj, Hyunsoo Woo, Guo Weiqi and Wu Hung.

Available in Hardcover

(2019) Art Media Resources, Chicago; The Center for the Art of East Asia, University of Chicago
Hardbound with dust jacket; 265 pages with color photos. Item #45329 ISBN: 9781588861504 

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中国绘画中的“女性空间 Feminine Space in Chinese Painting
Wu Hung

Essays in Chinese on feminine space. According to Wu Hung, feminine space denotes an actual or imaginary space, which is perceived and represented as a woman. A feminine space is a spatial entity — an artificial world comprised of landscape, vegetation, architecture, atmosphere, climate, color, fragrance, light, and sound, as well as selected human occupants and their activities.

This book traces the construction of this space in traditional Chinese art and visual culture (including representations of such space in literature and theater) and the social/political implications of this constructive process.

Available in Softcover

(2019) 7 in. x 10 in. ISBN: 9787108063465


On Chinese Art: Cases and Concepts (Volume 1: Methodological Reflections)
Wu Hung

About this Series Consisting of three volumes, On Chinese Art features 56 essays (presented as chapters) written by the art historian Wu Hung after he moved to the United States in the 1980s. Selected by the author himself, these essays have been organized in a format that emphasizes both research methodology and case studies. Essays in Volume One share a strong theoretical aspiration to explore key concepts, visual technology, and spatial-temporal aspects in Chinese art. Volume Two focuses on cases and episodes in early Chinese art and visual culture, from prehistoric times to the Han dynasty. Volume Three pursues several key themes in Chinese art after the Han, including religious art and architecture, trans-regional artistic interaction, and pictorial art in various mediums. Originally scattered in various publications, these essays, including several translated for this series, are now grouped together for the first time. With a consistent goal of expanding research methods and interpretative perspectives, they reflect the author s scholarly pursuit over three decades and continue to provide inspiration on broad topics in art history. Volume I: This volume contains 17 essays and a coda that share a theoretical aspiration to explore key concepts, visual technology, and spatial-temporal aspects in Chinese art. The essays are grouped into three sections, entitled Subject, Object, Context, Medium, Representation, Materiality; Time, Space, Culture. Using a wide range of examples such as the painted screen, funerary figurines, ink rubbings, bronze vessels, jade carvings, and many others, they examine how representations of the human body and face conflict and complement each other, how an architectural device also serves as a painting medium, how the different languages of picture and diagram are employed in rendering a single subject, and how time and space is related in designing and operating ancient Chinese cities. The coda frames these discussions with a comparative approach inherent to art historical investigations in today s global environment.

Available in Hardcover

(2016) Clothbound; 480 pages. ISBN: 9781588861238


异云-明清宣德炉集珍 Enchanted Clouds: Magnificent Xuande Censers of the Ming and Qing Dynasties
Chen Weijun, Li Jie, and Tao Wang

This recent publication of (a private collection on) Chinese bronze censers of the Ming and Qing dynasties is the most comprehensive in its field. It took 14 years to establish this exceptional collection and the selected 72 exceptional pieces are artistically presented through photographs, paintings, and rubbings to demonstrate the aesthetics, outstanding quality as well as the extraordinary. The detailed descriptions and essays including a preface by Dr. Wang Tao will certainly appeal to those who are interested in or want to know all aspects of the subject.

Available in Hardcover

(2016) First Edition; 11.5 in. x 14.5 in. 488 pages. ISBN: 9781588861221

This book is temporarily available through Paragon Book Gallery Beijing. Any orders outside of China will be processed and fulfilled within 1-2 business days. Additional international shipping costs will be applied


Future Returns: Contemporary Art from China
Wang Chunchen

China’s transition from the twentieth to the twenty-first century in the midst of today’s social changes is an important historical event. Over the past three decades China has experienced profound socioeconomic and political shifts, prompting calls to revisit, reconsider, and redefine the nation’s identity. Although there remains a strong local understanding of Chinese history and heritage, the homogenization of the country’s urban geography and the rapid dissipation of rural life have dramatically altered the cultural landscape, as has the spread of globalization. Future Returns: Contemporary Art from China brings together works by contemporary Chinese artists that address China’s metamorphosis from a traditional society into an ultra-modern nation, reflecting not only on the impacts to individual and collective lives but also on artist production.

Published on the occasion of the exhibition Future Returns: Contemporary Art from China (October 30, 2014 – March 8, 2015), organized by the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University and curated by Wang Chunchen, Adjunct Curator.

Available in Softcover

(2015) 10.1 x 9.8 x 1.1 in. ISBN: 158886118X


Archaism and Antiquarianism in Korean and Japanese Art
Lillehoj, Elizabeth

Much attention has been given to the importance of emulation of the past in East Asian history. Study and interpretation of the past are now recognized as persistent forces in the shaping of cultural identity in China, Korea, and Japan from ancient times to the modern age. The present volume is based on two scholarly gatherings organized by the Center of the Art of East Asia, Department of Art History, at the University of Chicago to explore this theme in greater detail. The conference papers, and now these resulting essays, offer new insights into this phenomenon, its philosophies, technologies, and the individuals involved in representing the past in East Asian art.

The first volume, Reinventing the Past: Archaism and Antiquarianism in Chinese Art and Visual Culture, was edited by Wu Hung and published in 2010. The current volume comprises research on the visual cultures of Korea and Japan. Using textual sources, archeological materials, and works of various artistic forms, the authors demonstrate through specific cases and examples from many historic periods a wide range of engagement with sites, artifacts, themes, and styles that resulted in continuously changing perspectives on the past and varying approaches to artistic production.

Contributions by: Samuel C. Morse, Thomas D. Conlan, Akira Takagishi, Burglind Jungmann, Chin-Sung Chang, Jiyeon Kim, Hiroyuki Suzuki, and William H. Coaldrake.

Available in Softcover

(2013) Dust jacket, 7.25 in. x 10.5 in., 240 pages, 100 color and b&w illustrations, index, authors, pictorial boards. ISBN: 9781588861177

Tenth-Century China and Beyond: Art and Visual Culture in a Multi-centered Age
Edited by Wu Hung

The tenth century was a period of extensive change in East Asia, in which China was divided into regional kingdoms with the fall of the Tang dynasty in 907 and powerful northern empires, the Khitan Liao and Kory dynasty, arose. Though historically regarded as a period declining into disorder between the great Tang and Song eras, it in fact saw art and culture flourish in regional contexts. Important new stylistic trends in painting, technologies of printing and ceramic making, and unprecedented features of construction of tombs and Buddhist and Daoist temples at regional centers of art emerged. At the same time, transregional interaction, exchange, and rivalries were also contributing factors to the dynamism and richness of artistic production during this period. The collected essays in this volume present groundbreaking research resulting from two international conferences organized by the Center for the Art of East Asia, Department of Art History, at the University of Chicago.

Contributions by: Samuel C. Morse, Thomas D. Conlan, Akira Takagishi, Burglind Jungmann, Chin-Sung Chang, Jiyeon Kim, Hiroyuki Suzuki, and William H. Coaldrake.

Available in Hardcover

(2013) Hardcover with dust jacket, 7.25 x 10.5 in., 399 pages, 150+ images (most in color). ISBN: 9781588861153 


Khmer Bronzes: New Interpretations of the Past
Emma C. Bunker and Douglas Latchford

This book explores the ways in which the Indic gods appeared on the Khmer sacred landscape, together with new bronze-casting techniques adapted by Khmer artisan metalworkers. These techniques enabled the production of large-scale bronzes in anthropomorphic form to fulfill the sacred requirements of the newly arrived beliefs. Examining the econographic, stylistic, and technical features of Khmer imagery in light of many new interpretations of the historical past, the authors seek to provide new understanding of the sacred bronze imagery. This has long been overshadowed by scholarly emphasis on temples and sandstone imagery.

Available in Hardcover

(2011) Clothbound with dust jacket, 9.5 in. x 12 in., xv, 544 pages, color illustrated, map, appendixes, bibliography, index, illustrated endpapers. ISBN: 9781588861115

**Due to its size and weight, the shipping cost is $9.95(USA address) and $35.00 (non-USA address)


Khmer Gold: Gifts for the Gods
Emma C. Bunker and Douglas Latchford

Featured here are gold artifacts from the people who founded the Khmer kingdom. Pieces are examined thoroughly for the techniques used in their manufacture, and their functions. Extensive explanations of the skills of the Khmer goldsmiths and the Khmer technology of gold working is given. Historical and cultural context is presented for better understanding and appreciation of the art objects, as well as an interpretation of gold’s place in Khmer culture.

Available in Hardcover

(2008) Hardcover with dust jacket, 8.5 in x 12 in., 130 pages, 144 color illustrations. ISBN: 9781588860972


Looking at Asian Art
Katherine R. Tsiang and Martin J. Powers

The essays in this collection examine a broad spectrum of artwork, sharing secrets for “seeing” the arts of Asia as practiced by professional historians of Asian art. Here the novice and the experienced enthusiast can find essays representing a range of regions and media, from Tibetan murals to Japanese prints and Chinese sculpture. Each essay is written for the non-professional as well as scholars in other areas of research who use images, showing the reader how to view these works, what to look for, and how to interpret what one finds. For this reason, even though the volume covers many aspects of Asian art through the centuries, every essay explains how works of art were made so as to become meaningful to the people who created, appreciated, and made use of them. For the authors of this collection of essays, the visual analysis of art serves as a prism through which a scholar may investigate a complex arena of cultural references, signs expectations, ideas and social practices. They draw upon their knowledge of languages, literature, history and religion, as well as a variety of analytical approaches and comparative strategies, to make these works of art live again for today’s readers.

Introduction by Katherine R. Tsiang and Martin J. Powers VISUAL ANALYSIS AND INTERPRETATION Looking At and Understanding Early East Asian Ceramics by Robert Poor Looking at Ornament: The Red Lacquered Coffin from Mawangdui by Martin J. Powers Looking at Chinese Calligraphy: The Anxiety of Anonymity and Calligraphy from the Periphery by Amy McNair VIEWING AND READING Animated Rhythms of The Illustrated Scroll of Major Counselor Ban by Ikumi Kaminishi Japanese Prints: Two Views of Ukiyo-e by Sandy Kita First Lines, Final Scenes: In Text, Handscroll, and Chinese Cinema by Jerome Silbergeld VISUAL AND CULTURAL CONTEXTS Recontextualizing an Extraordinary Sixth-Century Chinese Bodhisattva by Katherine R. Tsiang Landscape Elements in Early Tibetan Painting by Rob Linrothe Looking for Common Culture in the Pictorial Decor of a Ming Cizhou-type Stoneware Jar by Kathlyn Liscomb

Available in Softcover

(2012) Dust jacket, 7.25 in. x 10.5 in., 208 pages, color illustrations, index, authors, pictorial boards. ISBN: 9781588861139


Paul Binnie: A Dialogue with the Past – The First 100 Japanese Prints
Eric van den Ing

In this ground breaking book the career and work of contemporary woodblock print artist Paul Binnie (b.1967) is presented. Binnie’s complete Japanese prints are illustrated in colour and many other reference photographs are provided as well, ensuring that the reader is given an insight into his working methods and his sources of inspiration.

The in-depth essay provide the context of the more than 100 prints Binnie has made to date. An indispensable book for all those interested in 20th century Japanese woodblock prints and the very newest prints being created today.

Available in Softcover

(2007) Clothbound with dust jacket, 9.5 in x 11.75 in, 160 pages, 140 color illustrations, seals, the printing process, selected exhibitions, bibliography . ISBN: 9781588860965


Hin: The Quiet Beauty of Japanese Bamboo Art
Robert T. Coffland, Donald Doe and Daniel Strong

Contents: Lines in Space: Japanese Baskets as Art by Donald Doe Japanese Bamboo Art and The West by Robert T. Coffland Bamboo Artists of Japan (oldest to youngest).

Available in Hardcover and Softcover

(2006) 10 in x 10 in, 96 pages, color illustrated, artists’ biographies, bibliography/authors’ biographies, paper. ISBN: 1588860906 (HC), 1588860914 (SC)


Museums of Southeast Asia
Iola Lenzi

Museums of Southeast Asia is not only a unique reference tool for those keen on deepening their understanding of Southeast Asia’s complex and ancient cultural arena, but also a practical and fully illustrated document enabling visitors to maximize their cultural tour of the region.

By highlighting the museums’ architecture, the often Byzantine history of their collections, and discussing their works of art in depth, author Iola Lenzi offers practical guidance and conveys the museum’s character, providing the reader with tools necessary for an informed itinerary selection.

Contact information and points of interest in the vicinity of each institution are also listed. And in its “Other Spaces” section, the book provides an up-to-date guide to the region’s locally known alternative art and cultural spaces.

A must for cultural travellers and art enthusiast, Museums of Southeast Asia is an invaluable resource for discovering the region’s vast but dispersed institutional wealth.

Available in Hardcover

(2005) 8 in x 9.25 in, 195 pages, fully illustrated in color, paper. ISBN: 1588860841


The Kingdom of Siam: The Art of Central Thailand, 1350-1800
Forrest McGill and M.L. Pattaratorn Chirapravati

In 1686 King Louis XIV of France had the great Hall of Mirrors in the Versailles specially prepared to receive, with exceptional pomp and ceremony, a group of foreign envoys. The envoys brought with them two shiploads of gifts for the court. In fact, they delivered so many objects of gold, silver, and lacquer that the French complained that their list would be as long as a book.

The envoys had been sent from the kingdom of Ayutthaya, or “Siam” as it was known in the West. Though little remembered today, Ayutthaya was one of the largest and most important kingdoms of Southeast Asia. Founded in 1351, the kingdom flourished for more than four hundred years – longer than China”s Ming dynasty. It was a major trading center with diplomatic ties with China, Japan, Persia, and the Ryukyu kingdom (Okinawa), and, from the seventeenth century on, with Great Britain, France, the Netherlands, and Portugal. The envoys” gifts reflected this trade activity – more than fifteen hundred pieces of porcelain (mostly Chinese), Persian, and Indian carpets, and many other objects from Japan and China were given to the French king and his relatives.

Despite the kingdom”s power, prosperity, and influence, it was completely destroyed by a devastating invasion from neighboring Burma in 1767. As a result, many Ayutthaya artifacts, especially made of fragile materials, were destroyed, and the kingdom”s splendor gradually faded from memory. The Kingdom of Siam: The Art of Central Thailand, 1350-1800 – the first exhibition of classical art from Thailand shown in the United States in more than thirty years – collects eighty-nine of the finest surviving works from Ayutthaya, drawn from collections in Thailand, Europe, and the United States; many of these are being displayed for the first time in the West. They include stone and bronze Buddha images, sculptures of Hindu deities, figural and decorative wood carvings, temple furnishings, illuminated manuscripts, jewelry, and textiles.

Despite the length and importance of Ayutthaya kingdom, this period of Thai history has received little scholarly attention. This book, combining essays by leading scholars and entries examining each of the objects in the exhibition, at last sheds light on a one of history”s greatest, but least known, cultures.

Available in Hardcover

(2005) San Francisco and Chicago; 8.75 in x 12 in, 200 pages, 215 color illustrations, paper. ISBN: 158886085X


Korean Buddhist Sculpture: Art and Truth Woobang Kang

Korean art is often considered to be subordinate to Chinese art or a bridge between China Japan. Moreover, as most Korean art history is known through the work of Japanese and Euro-American scholars, there is room for misunderstanding on the subject. While Korean Buddhist sculpture, a field that represents the essence of Korean art, was certainly influenced by and is similar to Chinese sculpture at first glance, it went beyond such influence to develop many unique characteristics. The seven essays in this book not only discuss the stylistic and iconographical aspects of these works, but the philosophical side as well.

Available in Softcover

(2005) Clothbound with dust jacket, 7.5 x 10 in, 256 pages, 173 b&w illustrations, footnotes, bibliography, index. ISBN: 1588860876


The Art of Kim Hong-do: A Great Court Painter of 18th Century Korea
Ju-seok Oh

Although Kim Hong-do is a well known painter of the Joseon era, many people only know his genre paintings. Contrary to general opinion, Kim mastered all types of painting as well as calligraphy, Chinese and Korean poetry, and music. This book contains five years worth of research material, introduces fifty new items, and retranslates existing material. As a result we are able to shed new light on Kim Hong-do, a man who dearly loved his friends and drinking; who was honest, warm-hearted and devoted to his family; and a man all too vulnerable in the face of illness and death. This book paints a portrait of one of Koreas greatest artists, Kim Hong-do.

Available in Softcover

(2005) 6.75 x 8.5 in, 272 pages, 101 color plates, chronology, index, paper. ISBN: 1588860884


Chinese Calligraphy: Standard Script for Beginners
Lei Lei Qu

An easy to follow teach-yourself workbook for learning to write Standard style or regular script (kaishu) Chinese calligraphy.

Highlights
Stroke-by-stroke guide by a well known artist and calligrapher Specially drawn by the author with step-by-step instructions, from preparing your materials to copying complete words.

Introduced by a British Museum’s specialist in the arts of China and Korea.

Chinese script is one of the oldest forms of writing in existence. Its origins can be traced back at least the second millennium BC and it is still in use today, over 3000 years later. Calligraphy, the creation of the written characters on paper with brush and ink, has traditionally been revered as one of the highest forms of Chinese art. Standard style or regular script (kaishu), with its distinct combination of legibility and elegance, has been fundamental to the calligrapher’s art since the end of the Han dynasty in the third century AD. This introductory workbook now makes it possible for everyone to learn and enjoy the beauty of Chinese calligraphy. Building on his wide experience of running workshops and demonstrations for beginners, Qu Lei Lei has distilled the basics into an easy-to-follow, teach-yourself guide.

Available in Softcover

(2004) England; Softcover; 8.25 in x 11.75 in, 32 pages, color illustrations. ISBN: 158886071X


Yang Yanping
Michael Sullivan

With works exhibited at the British Museum, among other renowned institutions, Yang Yangping is best known for her Lotus painting. For in them she has developed her unique, highly personal technique to the point of absolute maturity, as she explores the endless variety of the lotus plant, which changes from green youth through maturity to old age when the hot sun burns through the now translucent and tattered leaves. Much has been written about the meaning of lotus in her work, as a Buddhist symbol of purity rising out of the mud of material things. Modern Chinese writers and poets have seized on this image to condemn the corruption of present-society. In the era of conceptual art, Yan Yangping stands as one of the most prominent among Chinese contemporary painters.

Available in Hardcover and Softcover

(2004) Chicago; 10.75 in x 11.75 in, 244 pages, 220 color plates. ISBN: 1588860787 (HC), 1588860728 (SC)


Adoration and Glory: The Golden Age of Khmer Art
Emma C. Bunker and Douglas Latchford

Adoration and Glory is a celebration of the artistic achievements of the Khmer peoples who founded Cambodia. The stone, bronze, silver, and gold objects discussed are drawn from major museum and private collections in Cambodia, Great Britain, Thailand, and the United States. Filled with fresh interpretations of Khmer art, with many examples previously unpublished, the book is a detailed, lavishly illustrated and groundbreaking study of Khmer culture. The authors provide a concise but comprehensive history of the Khmer peoples, setting their artistic output in its cultural and geographical context. Clear maps support the illustrations and text. Of special interest are Tantric Hindu and Buddhist images, Khmer art forms that are rarely discussed. The results of technical examinations of many artifacts by a leading museum scientist, Dr. Pieter Meyers, provide information about manufacturing techniques that are seldom addressed in studies of Khmer art, adding to the book’s value in an age when the authenticity of unexcavated material is often in question. Adoration and Glory is an important resource for art historians and collectors, and all those interested in the cultures of Southeast Asia.

Available in Hardcover

(2004) Chicago; 9 in x 12 in, Clothbound with dust jacket, 520 pages, 300 color illustrations, index. ISBN: 1588860701

**Due to its size and weight, the shipping cost is $11.50 (USA address)


Jain Cosmology
Collette Caillat and Ravi Kumar

Cosmology is one of the subjects that are dealt with already in the old Jaina treatises composed in Middle Indian languages. Transmitted by means of the later summaries of the Doctrine and explained by detailed commentaries, they are the basis of the minutely elaborated manuals of the Middle Ages, such as the Langhu-ksetra-samara, ‘the elementary summary of geography’, and several other samgraharis, or ‘collections’ of ‘geographical’, ‘astronomical’ teachings. Even in the present days, they are reprinted and accompanied by translations into the modern vernaculars.

These editions are provided with summary tables and are illustrated with line drawings and color plates. They are all the more in demand because they play a part in the religious teaching given occasionally to the lay people by the pundits. The samgrahanis and cosmological works are known from a large number of manuscripts, which are adorned with miniatures inspired by the descriptions given in the text or the commentaries. Most of the illustrations, and certainly the most important of them, are found with minor variations from the 14th to the 20th centuries.

The brightly colored plates in the present volume mostly reproduce illustrations from Jain manuscripts of such cosmological treatises that have been collected by Ravi Kumar. They show the seven hells that make the huge lower world, the upper world with various levels of heavens, the smaller but extremely important middle world in some parts of which the human beings live. The pictures are commented upon by Collette [sic] Caillat. Thus the reader is able to follow and understand the jivas or souls wanderings in the samsara, before they finally reach the Perfection, the siddhi. A gigantic theater where transmigration and reincarnations take place, in one or other of the four modes of life – infernal, animal, divine, and human – the cosmos is capable, at the cost of strenuous efforts and long struggles, of being understood and overcome by man”s purely spiritual cognition. At the end of its ordeals, having regained its purity, the soul will leave its mortal remains to leap in a straight line, instantaneously, right to the summit of the universe, under the umbrella-shaped canopy which shelters the company of the perfected ones (siddhas) in their supreme detachment.

Available in Hardcover

(2004) Chicago; Clothbound with dust jacket, color frontispiece, 10.5 in x 12 in, 196 pages, 108 color plates, bibliography, index of names and words. ISBN: 1588860582


The Raymond and Frances Bushell Collection of Netsuke: A Legacy at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Hollis Goodall, Virginia G. Atchley, Sebastian Izzard, Neil K. Davey, Christine Drosse, Odile Madden and Robert T. Singer

Netsuke are Japanese miniature sculptures used as counterweights for objects suspended from a mans sash. This art form peaked during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, when carvers produced masterpieces in a vast range of materials and subjects. Raymond Bushell was considered one of the foremost experts on netsuke in the world, and the works he and his wife, Frances, gave to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art are a distillation of the finest netsuke collection ever formed. It includes superb examples by all of the netsuke masters as well as artists who produced comparatively few netsuke, and examples of rare subjects and unusual materials.

In The Raymond and Frances Bushell Collection of Netsuke: A Legacy at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, exquisite color photography and scholarly insights bring alive this amazing tradition. It features more than 820 netsuke, with accompanying text that gives a complete overview of changing tastes in netsuke collecting and carving throughout its history and into the present day. Each netsuke has a detailed description that places the subject in the context of Japanese life and history, and gives important information about the carver or technique. The enormous variety of netsuke subjects are thoroughly examined, including famous battles and samurai, kabuki and noh actors and plays, scandalous stories, animals and imaginary creatures, Buddhist sages, and Shinto rituals.

Essays by Hollis Goodall and Sebastian Izzard examine the sources of subject matter, development of regional styles, and trends in Japanese art as reflected in netsuke. Odile Madden discusses techniques used by carvers to create ivory netsuke. Virginia Atchley, Neil Davey, and Robert T. Singer describe the art of netsuke, Raymond Bushell as a collector, and his relationship with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Also included are maps of ancient and modern Japan, an illustrated reference of 535 artists signatures, a glossary, and a detailed index. With 827 netsuke and 20 inro shown in more than 1,000 color illustrations, this catalogue will delight and inform netsuke collectors and initiate other art lovers into this expressive and beautiful art form.

Available in Hardcover and Softcover

(2003) Chicago and Los Angeles; Clothbound with dust jacket, 10 in x 11 in, 552 pages, over 1,000 color illustrations. ISBN: 1588860345 (HC), 1588860353 (SC)

**Due to its size and weight, the shipping cost is $32.00 (USA address) and $65.00 (non-USA address; one week transit).


Textiles from Burma
Elizabeth Dell and Sandra Dudley

Travelers to Burma over the centuries have recorded the sumptuous textiles produced and worn in great variety by the different people living there. Collectors have brought vivid examples of these textiles back to museums and collections around the world. Textiles from Burma presents the richness of these textiles traditions, illustrated with example from the James Henry Green Collection at Brighton Museum, and from other collections around the world. In essays and case studies by textiles scholars, collectors and anthropologists, this book places these textiles traditions within the contexts that have produced and use them, from the nineteenth century to the present.

This book discusses themes relating to the history, production, meaning, collection and continuing impact of textiles from Burma. It investigates aspects of collection and documentation in colonial and modern times, examining the histories and identities that are made and re-made as textiles are collected and written about. The book also what textiles and textiles collections can tell us, not only about the cultures from which they originate, but also about the ways in which those cultures have been perceived and represented by themselves and by others. A separate introductory section provides and overview of each textiles tradition discussed in the book. Appendices include an annotated list of museums around the world holding textiles from Burma, and a glossary of technical terms.

Available in Softcover

(2003) London; 8.75 in x 11.75 in, 192 pages, 140 color plates & 30 b&w plates. ISBN: 1588860671


Traditional Textiles of Cambodia: Cultural Threads and Material Heritage
Gillian Green

The splendid silks and costumes of Cambodia are among the most beautiful in Southeast Asia, but up to now little has been available to identify and explain the essential role of textiles in traditional Cambodian life, society and religious practice.

Gillian Green’s comprehensive text provides an historical framework aligning the evolution of Cambodian costumes and textiles with events from the Angkorian period onwards. From the sampot worn by both men and women and dance costumes, to temple hangings and monks’ robes, all aspects of Cambodian textiles are elucidated and illustrated in full color.

Available in Softcover

(2003) Chicago; Clothbound with dust jacket, 8.75 in x 9.75 in, 320 pages, 300 color illustrations. ISBN: 1932476067


Reinterpretation: A Decade of Experimental Chinese Art (1990-2000)
Wu Hung

Published to coincide with the First Guangzhou Triennial (opening November 18, 2002), this volume provides a systematic description and analysis of Chinese experimental art and cinema of the 90s, the subject of the Triennial. This volume consists of three parts: Part One provides an overview of 90s’ Chinese cinema with seventeen scholarly essays on Chinese cinema and experimental art. Part Two is a catalogue of 130 works by 120 artists selected for the Triennial and provides an analysis in three large thematic sections centered on “History and Reality,” “People and Environment,” and “Local and Global”. Part Three provides a complete chronology of important events and exhibitions and a detailed bibliography, including all publicly and privately published books and exhibition catalogue of this art.

Contents: Introduction: A Decade of Experimental Art by WU Hung (University of Chicago) (1) 1990s Coceptual Art and Artistic Conceptualization by ZHU Qi (Independent curator/art critic, Beijing) (2) Chinese Experimental Painting of the 1990s by YI Ying (Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing) (3) Zero to Infinity: The Nascence of Photography in Contemporary Chinese Art of the 1990s by Karen Smith (Independent curator/art critic, London) (4) The Rise and Development of Video Art and the Maturity of New Media Art by WU Meichun and QIU Zhijie (National Academy of Fine Arts, Hangzhou) (5) Womens Art as Part of Contemporary Art since 1990 by LIAO Wen (Independent art critic, Beijing) (6) The Periphery and Cultural Concerns: Making and Exhibiting Installation and Experimental Sculpture in the 1990s by YIN Shuangxi (Studies of Fine Arts, Beijing) (7) Systems of Chinese Experimental Art in the 1990s by PI Li (Central Academy of Fine Art, Beijing) (8) Experimental Exhibitions of the 90s by WU Hung (University of Chicago) (9) Criticism on Experimental Art in the 1990s by YI Ying (Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing) (10) The Reception in the West of Experimental Mainland Chinese art of the 1990s by Britta Erickson (Stanford University) (11) Building on the Ruins: The Exploration of New Urban Cinema of the 1990s by ZHANG Zhen (New York University) (12) Forcing Reality: Chinese Documentary, Chinese Postsocialism by Chris Berry (University of California, Berkeley) (13) Just on the Road: A Description of the Individual Way of Recording Images in the 1990s by WU Wenguang (Independent filmmaker, Beijing)

Available in Hardcover and Softcover

(2002) Guangdong and Chicago; 9 in x 12 in, 545 pages, over 200 color and b/w illustrations. ISBN: 1588860574 (HC), 1588860361 (SC)


The Bamboo Basket Art of Higashi Takesonosai: Photographs by Pat Pollard, Portrait by Art Streiber
Lloyd Cotsen and Robert T. Coffland

This volume provides more than just a glimpse into Japanese bamboo basket making, it delves into the intriguing life of Higashi Takesonosai, one of Japan’s most accomplished artists. Throughout the span of his life and career, Takesonosai’s works were influenced by a variety of people such as his family, friends, mentors and artists. It is these influences that shape Takesonosai’s personality and contributes to his present day success. With a fervor for artwork and painting, but limited resources and opportunity to pursue this passion, Takesonosai resorted to bamboo basket making, a job that would later turn into a lifelong career.

Takesonosai’s underlying love of art is used as a central theme for the construction of his bamboo baskets. Included in this book are color photographs of Takesonosai’s masterpieces, which clearly exhibit his creative ingenuity. Each individually hand crafted basket produced by Takesonosai is a piece of art requiring long hours of labor, skill, and originality. Takesonosai’s extraordinary talent and adroit ability to create such artwork transforms this hobby into a much-admired and highly praised profession.

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(2002) Los Angeles; 10 in x 10 in, 120 pages, 80 color images, 20 b&w images. ISBN: 1588860256 (HC), 1588860264 (SC)


Four Centuries of Silver: Personal Adornment in the Qing Dynasty and After Margaret Duda

This volume is filled with beautiful photographs that records a variety of Chinese silver pieces from symbolic locks to fingernail guards. This book explains how the adornment are used in daily and ceremonial life and also interprets the symbols and intricate designs so important to understanding these artifacts.

The study of silver pieces also reveals the various Chinese customs and creativity of the Chinese craftsmen. The book not only includes all the basic information that explains everything from different silversmithing techniques to the various types of silver compounds used, but also teaches you how to identify authentic Chinese silver pieces.

With a splendid collection of over 1,000 pieces of Chinese silver showcased in this album, this book makes an excellent reference guide.

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(2002) Chicago; 9.2 in x 10.8 in, 208 pages, over 450 color photographs illustrating more than 1000 pieces, 12 antique photographs, 15 full page drawings by Chunming Gao. ISBN: 1588860310


Chinese Jade from the Neolithic to the Qing
Jessica Rawson

The Chinese have revered the mystery and magic of jade since ancient times. This authoritative book provides an up-to-date and comprehensive survey of six thousand years of development, from the earliest cultures to the twentieth century. The author describes and assesses the variety of roles and functions, ritual and ceremonial, which jade has played in China. Recent discoveries from hitherto little known neolithic cultures of around 3000 BC have highlighted the extraordinary skills of the craftsmen and the complexity of the cultures that supported them. Other remarkable finds include the precursors of the famous jade suits, which range from jade plaques and shrouds dating from about 900 BC to superb pendants and sword fittings carved for a king buried near Canton in around 122 BC.

This catalogue describes over 300 outstanding pieces from Sir Joseph Hotung””s collection, which spans the history of jade in China. Drawing upon the very latest archaeological research to set jade in its historical and artistic context, this work will stand as a definitive reference for many years to come. In her wide-ranging introduction to the catalogue the author analyses the arguments and sets out new views, supplementing this major essay with a series of shorter introductions to the chronological sections into which the jades of different types, shapes and functions have been divided. The book is fully illustrated throughout with specially commissioned photographs of each piece from the collection, all in color, along with comparative examples from the rich collection of the British Museum.

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(2002) Chicago; 9.5 in x 11.5 in, 463 pages, 420 color and 310 b/w illustrations, bibliography, index. ISBN: 1588860337


Buddha: The British Museum
Delia Pemberton

Images of the Buddha are numerous and varied, reflecting the myraid ways in which different cultures have chosen to represent this sublime figure and the stories associated with him. This richly illustrated book begins with a brief introduction to the basic philosophy of Buddhism and explains how to read the Buddha image. The author then goes on the illuminate carefully selected words and pictures of Buddha’s past, the fascinating events of his life, a summary of his teachings, the Cosmic Buddhas, paradise, the afterlife and the future.

The vibrant visual world of Buddhism is illustrated with stunning images from the British Museum’s extensive collections juxtaposed with atmospheric photographs taken at Buddhist sites around the world.

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(2002) Chicago; Clothbound with dust jacket, 6 in x 7.5 in, 45 color plates. ISBN: 1588860302


Early Cultures of Mainland Southeast Asia Charles Higham

During the past decade, archaeology in Southeast Asia has forged ahead, with many new discoveries being made in all areas. This new synthesis begins with the early hunters and gatherers, and concludes with the early states, with particular reference to Angkor. It reflects the new maturity of our understanding of Southeast Asia’s past, moving well beyond the claims of extraordinary early agriculture, bronze and iron that bedevilled the discipline in the 1970s. New ideas and interpretations abound. The hunter-gatherer sequence now stretched back over 10,000 years, and continues to the present day. Where formerly the transition to rice cultivation was sought locally, it is now documented first in the Yangzi Valley whence, the author suggests, farming communities expanded southwards along the major river valleys into a new, tropical world.

The first knowledge of copper and bronze casting is seen as the southward extension of a process of diffusion that began in the Near East. Crossing the steppes, metallurgy came to Gansu and the Yellow River Valley before spreading into Southeast Asia.

In conjunction with his own excavations in Northeast Thailand, Higham has reviewed the widespread evidence for deep-seated cultural changes with the Iron Age that heralded the transition to early states. This allows for a deeper understanding of the strong local cultural currents found in the civilizations of Angkor, Champa and Dvaravati.

This book stands as the only up to date synthesis of the early cultures of a huge area. Richly illustrated with many previously unpublished color images, it is a unique compendium essential for all those interested in this region.

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(2002) Chicago; Clothbound with dust jacket, 6 in x 7.5 in, 96 pages, 45 color plates. ISBN: 1588860302


Painted Buddhas of Xinjiang: Hidden Treasures from the Silk Road Photographs by REZA
Jacques Giès, Laure Feugère and André Coutin

Hidden away beneath the mountains of Xinjiang, in former Chinese Turkestan, are a series of caves along what was once the Silk Route, but which have been inaccessible for half a century. After thirty years of negotiation, the photographer Reza finally gained permission to visit the caves became the first Westerner to record the extraordinary frescoes they contained.

Intended as a focus for pilgrimage and prayer, these paintings, produced by monks in the kingdom of Kucha between the fourth and seventh centuries AD, depict scenes from Buddhist mythology, its symbols, characters and creatures, and tell the story of the Buddha Shakyamuni and his previous lives. Their freshness and contemporary quality, their rich colors and combination of Persian, Afghan, Indian and Chinese styles, are astonishing to the Western eye. Here are flying angels, bodhisattvas and demons; here too are princes, musicians, hunters, merchants, and some of the ordinary people of the vanished kingdom of Kucha. Perhaps most enchanting are the paintings of animals, whether the local wildlife or exotic species that were conveyed along the Silk Road towards the Chinese court: despite their simple style, they perfectly capture the movement of breasts and birds alike.

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(2002) Chicago; Clothbound with dust jacket, 9.8 in x 9.8 in, 144 pages, 98 color illustrations, 3 maps. ISBN: 1588860272


Munakata Shiko: Japanese Master of the Modern Print
Masatomo Kawai, Robert T. Singer, Felice Fischer, Hollis Goodall, Kiyoko Kakeya

Munakata Shiko, born the son of a poor blacksmith from northern Japan, is considered one of the greatest Japanese artists of the twentieth century. He first became known on the international scene when he won prizes for his woodcuts at the Sao Paulo Biennale (1955) and the Venice Biennale (1956). Munakata revolutionized the concept of the woodblock print, liberating it from the small-scale traditional ukiyo-e format and creating large-size pieces for screens and wall murals.

This volume is the first dual language (English and Japanese) publication to present Munakata’s works in all media and genres.woodcuts, watercolors, oil paintings, calligraphy, and ceramics. Through this comprehensive collection of more than 350 works, all illustrated in full color, can be seen the extraordinary range of styles and techniques used by Japan’s most renowned twentieth-century artist throughout his career, from his woodcuts of the 1930s to his oil paintings of the 1970s. In addition, each of Munakata’s breathtaking and vibrantly colorful creations is individually described in detail. Also included are scholarly essays about Munakata’s life as a woodcut print artist, his calligraphy, the literary sources that inspired many of his prints, and his foray into lithography, as well as a lengthy biography that draws on many of Munakata’s own writings and a chronology that describes each milestone of Munakata’s eventful artistic life.

This catalogue accompanies the first large-scale comprehensive retrospective of Munakata’s work to be held in the United States, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The prints, calligraphies, paintings, and ceramics in the exhibition were borrowed from the holdings of the Munakata Museum in Kamakura, Japan, a foundation established in the artist’s residence and studio after his death. The exhibition and catalogue celebrate the centennial of the artist’s birth.

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(2002) Tokyo; Clothbound with dust jacket, 10.2 in x 11.8 in, 228 pages, over 300 color illustrations, text in English and Japanese. ISBN: 1588860213


Burma: Art and Archaeology
Alexandra Green & T. Richard Blurton

This volume presents papers from a unique two-day conference organized in London in 2000 by The British Museum and the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. The academic study of Burma, especially the study of its cultural history, has been very largely ignored over the last fifty years. The conference papers published here together form a major contribution towards the redress of that neglect. Current research was presented by scholars from the USA, Germany, France, Australia and the UK. Topics covered are prehistory, architecture (monastic and secular), the cult of the nats, lacquer, illustrated manuscripts, mural paintings, sculpture, textiles and the Ferrars Archive of Burma photographs at the Royal Geographical Society.

Contents: Introduction by Alexandra Green and T. Richard Blurton Prehistoric grave goods from the Chindwin and Samon River regions by U Nyunt Han, U Win Maung (Tanpawady) and Elizabeth Moore) Digging for myths: archaeological excavations and surveys of the legendary nineteen founding villages of Pagan by Bob Hudson, U Nyein Lwin and U Win Maung (Tanpawady) Offering up a rare jewel: Buddhist merit-making and votive tablets in early Burma by John Guy A Burma origin for the Sukhothai Walking Buddha by Pamela Gutman Relationships between Buddhist texts and images of the Enlightenment during the Early Pagan Period by Charlotte Galloway Bronze sculptures from Burma in the British Museum by T. Richard Blurton Narrative modes in late seventeenth to early nineteenth century Burmese wall paintings by Alexandra Green Burmese cosmological manuscripts by Patricia Herbert ‘Royal images’ in their ‘palaces’: the place of the statues in the cult of the 37 nats by Binidicte Brac de la Perrihre Problems and prospects for the preservation of wooden monasteries in Burma by Sylvia Fraser-Lu The Kachin Manau and Manau Shadung: the development of an ethno-cultural symbol in Burma by Mandy Sadan Court dress, politics and ethnicity in the Shan states by Susan Conway Diversity, identity and modernity in exile: ‘traditional’ Karenni clothing by Sandra Dudley Burmese arts and crafts: the Scherman collection in the Ethnographical Museum, Munich by Uta Weigelt Photographs by Max and Bertha Ferrars by Joanna Scadden

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(2002) Chicago; 8.5 in. x 10.8 in, 192 pages, 90 color and 30 b/w illustrations, 8 line drawings. ISBN: 1588860248


The Silk Road: Art and History
Jonathan Tucker

A celebration of the cultural heritage of the countries along the Silk Road, this book is a detailed, lavishly illustrated exploration of the the ancient trade route between Europe and Asia, more specifically between Rome and the old Chinese capital of Xian. The author provides a comprehensive history of the Silk Road and examines many of the most celebrated works of art discovered in each country, and sets them in their historical and geographical context. Drawing freely on anecdotes, and literary and historical sources, he examines the lives of the merchants and other travellers who used this route and the way in which their activities related to the works of art that were created. Vignettes and poems from the heyday of the great trading route punctuate a lively and colourful book, which also benefits from Antonia Tozers exceptionally evocative photographs of landscapes and people.

Chapters range from Precursors and The Manufacture of Silk, through China and Central Asia to Rediscovery in the Twentieth Century and Lost Art of the Silk Road. There is a glossary of foreign and technical terms, as well as chronologies for each period of history for the main sections of the Silk Road, and a bibliography and index.

Highlights: No other book has come close to providing in such detail an up-to-date and accurate portrayal of the Silk Road’s dramatic history: this is the first of such kind in breadth and depth. Rich, yet easy to follow, this book is a remarkable achievement in bringing the whole romance of the Silk Route alive without losing sight of the truth.The book presents a fascinating mix of history and literature as well as ancient and modern geography. It clarifies the various terms used throughout the history and provides informative quotes from ancient to modern writers.It covers the discoveries made by explorers and archaeologists such as Sven Hedin, Paul Pelliot, von Le Coq, etc., and informs the reader of the present location of the artifacts in various museums that were taken from the sites. The missing treasures from the Kabul Museum are also discussed in light of recent warfare. It includes a wealth of information which is not readily available and hard to find. Religion, medicine, local music, dance, entertainment, technology, regional artistic creations, and the many languages encountered are all cleverly dealt with.Illustrations of the artifacts, scenery and geography (over 400 in total) are well-chosen and make the point of the text. Many of the photographs are taken by the author himself and his wife, Antonia Tozer. They were also able to take photographs of the Great Buddha in Bamiyan in year 2000 before it was obliterated by the Taliban only months later.This book will become a standard reference on the Silk Road. It is a must read for scholars, students, travelers, collectors, dealers, and others interested in this fascinating chapter of world history and humanity.

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(2002) Chicago; Clothbound with dust jacket, 9.8 in. x 11.5 in., 384 pages, 460 illustrations, 300 in color; (o.p.; fine). ISBN: 1588860221

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Japanese Prints During the Allied Occupation 1945-1952: Onchi Koshiro, Ernst Hacker and the First Thursday Society
Lawrence Smith

In 1945 much of urban Japan lay in ruins, the land occupied by foreign powers for the first time in the country’s history. To many Japanese it seemed that everything had been lost, but in fact the nation would quickly demonstrate – and on a much larger scale than ever before – its ability to recover physically, economically and culturally from apparent disaster. In the visual arts, the years between 1945 and 1952 were a period of steady progress and considerable achievement in painting, calligraphy, prints, ceramics and other crafts.

This book examines in detail how one school of printmakers, under the leadership of Onchi Koshiro (1889-1955), survived with difficulty the Pacific War and as artists found themselves among those calling for a new search for the nation’s heart in its aesthetic traditions. They also received unexpected appreciation from connoisseurs among the occupying forces and administrators. Symbolic of this process was the meeting of the American graphic artist Ernst Hacker (1917-87), posted to Tokyo in April 1946, with Onchi and his circle and with Munakata Shiko (1903-75), who was then almost unknown. Prints and archives acquired by Hacker at that time and recently given to The British Museum by his widow form the unique basis of this study.

By 1952, when the Allied Occupation ended, work by Onchi and his circle and by Munakata was eagerly collected in the United States, and these two, introduced to the world by their American admirers, are now recognized as Japan’s greatest print artists of the twentieth century.

This catalogue accompanies the exhibition at the British Museum, June 20 – September 1, 2002.

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(2002) Chicago; Clothbound with dust jacket, 9.8 in x 11.5 in, 384 pages, 460 illustrations, 300 in color; (o.p.; fine). ISBN: 1588860221


Vietnam Behind the Lines: Images from the War 1965-1975
Jessica Harrison-Hall

Television footage and reportage photography relayed the American-Vietnam war from the remote jungles of Southeast Asia into the sitting rooms of ordinary people living thousands of miles from the battle zones. For the first time in history, a major civilian audience was able to monitor military operations on the other side of the world from the comfort of their armchairs. Tremendous numbers of people lost their lives in the conflict, and the social, economic and political effects of the war will continue to be felt for decades to come.

This fully color-illustrated catalogue presents another aspect of the conflict, as seen by Vietnamese artists who created these images of war from behind the lines. Included are 130 works on paper, ranging from sketches on cardboard to paintings on traditional Vietnamese rice paper. Watercolors, pen and ink sketches, pencil drawings, chalk designs, ink paintings and acrylics are all represented in this unique archive, the first to be acquired for a public collection outside Vietnam. Some of the artists were engaged in the creation of propaganda material for the government and others were recording the war, but some were simply exercising their creative talents for the sheer pleasure of it.

This catalogue accompanies the exhibition at the British Museum from June 13 to September 22, 2002.

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(2002) Chicago; 8.7 in x 10.8 in, 80 pages., 120 color illustrations, 1 map. ISBN: 1588860205


China’s Dragon Robes
Schuyler Cammann

This is a long-awaited reprint of the major work first published in 1952. China’s Dragon Robes is a scholarly survey of the dragon-patterned robes worn by nobles and officials in China during the later dynasties. Intended as a source book on a major phase of Chinese costume, it is based on translations from many Chinese sources and on the author’s personal studies of exisiting examples of dragon robes in the USA and in China.

Although many dragon robes have found their way into Western museums, the little information concerning them which has appeared in exhibition catalogs and monographs has been largely devoted to describing the robes as examples of fine textile works. Dr. Cammann here considers the evolution of the robes, their further development in the Qing dynasty, their function in their own times, their symbolism, the techniques employed in making them, including weaving and dyeing, and their place in Far Eastern culture in general.

The thoroughly documented and annotated text, supplemented by carefully chosen illustrations, offers museum curators, historians, and students of Oriental Art a basic discussion of an important, but hitherto neglected chapter in China’s cultural history.

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(2001) Chicago; Reprint of the 1952 Edition, with frontispiece; 6 in x 9 in, 230 pages, 20 b&w images. ISBN: 1588860000


Silken Threads Lacquer Thrones: Lan Na Court Textiles
Susan Conway

The unique character of Lan Na culture, so different from that of coastal Southeast Asia, is reflected in the textiles and dress of its 19th century courts, and was developed through the integration of local cultures and societies living in the hills and valleys. In the court workshops, indigenous silk and cotton, Chinese silk, Burmese and Shan fabrics, with embroideries and sumptuous trimmings, were used to create ceremonial court dress, while goldsmiths and silversmiths, wood carvers and lacquer makers produced court regalia.

In this lavishly illustrated book, textile expert Susan Conway traces the history of the Lanna princes, their complex marital and political alliances with the surrounding inland principalities and with Siam, China and Burma. A dramatic change in male court dress took place towards the end of the 19th century and acts as a metaphor for the political maneuvers resulting from colonial intervention in the region. The book also shows how in such times, Lan Na princesses and their attendants continued to wear indigenous dress demonstrating loyalty to the culture they cherished.

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(2001) Chicago; Clothbound with dust jacket, 9 in x 11.5 in, 280 pages, 250 color images. ISBN: 1588860175


The Yao: The Mien and Mun Yao in China, Vietnam, Laos and Thailand
Jess G. Pourret

The Yao, a non Chinese minority moved most likely from the Yang Tse Basin many centuries ago to the Southern Chinese provinces of Hunan, Guizhou, Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi and Yunnan. Possibly around the 13th century they pushed onwards to northern Vietnam then Laos and finally Thailand. Perhaps nine or ten centuries ago they became Taoists and adherence to this religion has helped them survive as a small but sophisticated society based on 12 original clans, with very strong traditions, customs and culture but no country of their own.

This book covers all aspects of the Yao agricultural society, including their numerous migrations, work, dwellings, magnificent religious paintings, manuscripts, elaborate costumes and silver jewelry. It is based on fifteen years of fieldwork and research in China, Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand. The research covers the two main branches of the Yao; the Mien and the Mun, together with their sub-branches, groups and sub-groups including some little researched Vietnamese groups. It is an invaluable record of a people who have maintained their identity and culture in the face of their world which was always changing for the last thousand years and even more so today.

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(2001) Chicago; 9.7 in x 8.9 in, 277 pages, 637 color images; (o.p.; fine). ISBN: 1588860159


Ruins of Angkor Cambodia in 1909
Preface by M. Etienne Aymonier and Text by Lois Finot
Pierre Dieulefils

This volume is a facsimile reprint of the extremely rare 1909 edition of P. Dieulefils’s RUINS OF ANGKOR CAMBODIA IN 1909. P. Dieulefils is a renowned photographer working for the Ecole Francaise d’Extreme Orient during the turn of the 20th century and his photographic works of old Southeast Asia are renowned.In this special edition, care is given to the printing and production to ensure the highest quality reproduction of the original edition. Through special printing process, the stunning photographs come to life again, providing a glimpse of Cambodian life at the time. One of the earliest sets of photographs to have taken at the monumental Angkor Wat, this volume not only includes photographs of the precious architecture and sculptures, but also of court dancers and royal life in ancient Cambodia before exposure to outside civilization and war.

Bound in beautiful maroon cloth, this volume will become a treasured book for enthusiasts of photography and specialists of Southeast Asia alike.

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(2001) Chicago; Clothbound, oblong 11 in x 8 in, 160 pages, 140 sepia-toned illustrations. ISBN: 1588860116


Takarabukuro (Treasure Bag): A Netsuke Artist Notebook by Mitsuhiro
Translated by Misao Mikoshiba
Charles R. Temple

In 1974, Raymond Bushell, a passionate netsuke collector, was able to have a photocopy made of the original Takarabukuro (Treasure Bag), a notebook kept by the netsuke artist, Mitsuhiro Ohara (1810-1875), and carefully preserved by his family. In it, Mitsuhiro set down brief descriptions of netsuke he had made, or was in the process of carving. The artist wrote in sosho, a cursive script from Japanese handwriting, best described as ‘running script,’ and extremely difficult to read. Translated and adapted here, this remarkable document is a guide to one artist’s creative world.

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(2001) Chicago; Hardcover with Japanese style binding, cloth, 9.6 in x 9 in, 182 pages, 21 color plates. ISBN: 1588860108


Pointers and Clues to the Subjects of Chinese and Japanese Art: As Shown in Drawings, Prints, Carvings and the Decorations of Porcelain and Lacquer
With Brief Notices of the Related Subjects

William H. Edmunds

An important reprint of the classic reference on Chinese and Japanese arts. The book explains the popular subjects that appear in Chinese and Japanese decorative arts, including mythological and Buddhist themes. A useful reference for scholars, dealers and other researchers of Chinese and Japanese arts.

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(2001) Chicago; Reprint of 1934 Edition; Softcover, 6 in x 9 in, 725 pages, glossary, index. ISBN: 1588860019


Blue and White: Chinese Porcelain Around the World
John Carswell

Chinese blue and white porcelain has made a unique contribution to the history of ceramic technology. Throughout its development from the beginning of the fourteenth century, through its technical originality and artistic brilliance, it has continued to captivate and inspire the entire world.

This richly illustrated book traces the history and evolution of blue and white in China, first during the Yuan dynasty (1271-1368), when the Mongols ruled all of Asia, creating an environment in which blue and white could travel swiftly as far as the Mediterranean. In the fifteenth century the Chinese became enamoured of their own product, while at the same time the Ming potters were susceptible to ideas from the Islamic world and commercial and aesthetic pressures during the colonial period of European expansion. From the sixteenth century onwards, passion for collecting became a major influence on the concept of chinoiserie.

Finally John Carswell shows how the combined efforts of scholars, collectors and archaeologists have illuminated how, why and when blue and white developed and has made such a major impact on world civilization. The stunning illustrations are from museums and private collections around the world and include some never before published.

Important Note: The book also includes a very special unpublished material from a mysterious fourteenth century shipwreck in the Red Sea. Seen by only a handful of experts, the findings from this shipwreck are very important for art history and are published here for the first time. Full details with line drawings and complete mini-catalogue of this material are given in the book.

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(2000) Chicago; Hardcover, clothbound with dust jacket, 10 in. x 10 in., 224 pages, 130 color and 30 b/w illustrations. ISBN: 1878529765


Surname-i Vehbi: A Facsimile Edition of an 18th Century Manuscript
Dogan Kuban, Stephane Yerasimos, Mertol Tulum

The original of this outstanding work, which is in the library of Topkapi Palace Museum in Istanbul, contains 137 brilliantly-colored miniatures by Levni, the renown painter to the court of Ahmed III (r 1703-1740). The miniatures illustrate a fifteen-day festival held on the occasion of the circumcision of four of the sultan”s sons in 1720. Surname is in the long-standing Ottoman tradition of preparing specially-written and illustrated books to commemorate the festivities that took place on special occasions such as royal births, weddings, and so on. The activities included parades, musical performances, circus acts, and fireworks displays, all of which were brilliantly captured and executed by Levni in his miniatures. The text for the book was composed by Vehbi, a court poet, and appears in full in this facsimile edition.

State-of-the-art reproduction and printing techniques have been employed to ensure that this facsimile edition is a faithful copy of this distinguished work. Hand-bound by experienced craftsmen, this is a limited edition of only 750 copies. A second volume accompanies the facsimile edition, and consists of introductory essays by historians Dogan Kuban and Stiphane Yerasimos. A detailed explanation of the events depicted in the manuscript is provided by Mertol Tulum and helps the reader to understand the events in the festival as well as Ottoman social structure. A transcription of the Ottoman text is also provided.

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(2000) Istanbul; 9.25 in x 14.25 in, 3 Volumes; Volume I 308 pp. in Turkish, purple silk cloth; Vol. II 52 pp. in English, purple silk cloth, Vol. III, 176 plates of plates in a gold silk envelope style format, gilt edges, slipcase.

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Contemporary Japanese Bamboo Arts
Photographs by Pat Pollard – Portraits by Art Streiber
Robert T. Coffland

This book introduces the reader of the world of contemporary Japanese bamboo arts. Twenty of Japan’s leading bamboo artists are featured in portraits and through their stunning bamboo baskets and sculptures. The artists include the two Living National Treasures of Japan, Iizuka Shokansai and Maeda Chikubosai II, as well as artists of traditional and contemporary styles. The author gives the reader the necessary background information to understand how this art form evolved over the last hundred and fifty years and the current challenges the field faces. With beautiful photographs by Pat Pollard and portraits of artists by Art Streiber.

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(2000) Chicago; 10.2 in x 10.2 in, 136 pages, over 100 color illustrations, paper. ISBN: 1878529668 (HC), 1878529676 (SC)


The Ceramics of Southeast Asia: Their Dating and Identification (Second Edition)
Roxanna M. Brown

This is a reprint of the 1988 second edition of the standard work on Southeast Asian ceramics. Recent progress in original research and discovery can be summarized into four areas of major importance: first, the identification of Guangdong ceramics as the missing link between the wares of China and those of both Vietnam and Kampuchea; secondly, the unexpected discovery of burial sites in the hills of western Thailand, which contained examples of northern Thai wares rarely seen previously; thirdly the discovery of Burmese glazed ceramics; and finally, new findings from excavations at the Sawankalok kiln site.

In this second edition, the author takes into full account the developments in the last decade to bring her original study up to date, and also takes the opportunity to revise the text where necessary. In addition, a large number of new illustrations, both in color and black and white, have been included together with drawings and maps. The outcome is virtually a new book, completely reset and re-illustrated.

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(2000) Chicago; Softcover, 8.5 in x 11.2 in, 272 pages, 207 color images, 274 b&w images, 69 figures, 6 maps, paper. ISBN: 1878529706


Indian Dance: The Ultimate Metaphor
Shanta Serbjeet Singh

This volume touches all aspects of Indian dance spanning from the traditional to futuristic. It blends analysis and interpretation and offers a bracing perspective on how classical dance has taken shape through the ages, enriched our culture and maintained our store of wisdom, sanity and humanity, even as it prepares for teh enormous challenges it faces in the new millennium.

It celebrates the brilliant flowering of Indian dance throughout the world. Hundreds of young Dutch, Surinamese and other nationalities learn Odissi in Antwerp. Its School of Tabla Teaching is among the best anywhere. There are Japanese teachers of Kathak in Perth. In Montreal, Toronto and many other cities of Canada, a high level of research and scholarly work on Indian dance studies has been going on for several years now. In the United States, even small towns boast of Bharat Natyam or a Kuchipudi teacher and multicultural classes of enthusiastic learners.

This is a seminal volume with contributions from some of the most eminent names in their respective fields of dance, complemented by a portfolio of photographs of gurus and dancers – both past and present.

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(2000) Chicago; Hardcover, clothbound with dust jacket, 8.6 in x 11.2 in, 257 pages, 71 color images, 139 b&w images. ISBN: 187852965X


Visions from the Golden Land: Burma and the Art of Lacquer
Ralph Isaacs, T. Richard Blurton

Lacquer is one of the most important artistic traditions of Burma – and also a living craft. Frequently used to decorate vessels of great style and variety, it is also important in the embellishment of architecture, furniture and musical instruments, in the making of sculpture and even in the Burmese theater. A natural plastic, refined from the sap of a tree, lacquer can be used to elaborate almost any surface, and its visual impact can be stunning – objects are dazzlingly colored, often in scarlet, gold and black, and are frequently inlaid with colored glass to produce an effect of shimmering irridescence.

Until now, Burmese art generally – let along this important branch – has been little studied. This beautifully illustrated book features some 200 items which demonstrate the skill of the Burmese lacquer-craftsman. Many of these came from a recent gift to the British Museum, the Ruth and Ralph Isaacs Collection, while others from national, regional and private collections. A series of essays examines the history of Burmese lacquer, the methods of production, the wide regional variations, the inscriptions found on many of the vessels (a new and important area of study), the role of lacquer vessels in the ubiquitous betel habit, and the Buddhist context of many of the objects.

Ralph Isaacs assembled his collection of lacquer while resident in Burma as British Council Director. T. Richard Blurton is a Curator in the Department of Oriental Antiquities at the British Museum and author of Hindu Art.

Available in Hardcover and Softcover

(2000) London; 8.5 in x 11 in, 240 pages, 216 color images, 21 b&w images, paper. ISBN: 1878529684 (HC), 1878529692 (SC)


宋元纪年清白瓷 Dated Qingbai Wares of the Song and Yuan Dynasties: Song Yuan Jinian Qingbaici
杨後礼 Houli Yang, 范凤妹 Fengmei Fan, Rita C. Tan

This volume records one hundred pieces of qingbai ware unearthed from securely dated tombs spanning from AD 986 to 1348. They were excavated mostly in Jiangxi province where Jingdezhen, from which the production of qingbai ware originated, is located. The aforementioned kiln complex is reputed to be the most prolific in the entire ceramic industry in the Song period. A pictorial record of such archaeological data is unprecedented. It is to serve as an important reference for the authentication and dating of qingbai wares. Its contribution to the study of Chinese ceramics, especially this particular ware, could not be more significant.

Available in Softcover

(1999) Hong Kong; Softcover, 8.25 in x 11.25 in, 112 pages, 100 color images, line drawings, text in Chinese and English, paper. ISBN: 9627502456


The Ultimate Netsuke Bibliography: An Annotated Guide to Miniature Japanese Carvings (Hardcover)
Norman L. Sandfield

The Ultimate Netsuke Bibliography is a comprehensive bibliography of more than 4,400 bibliographic print and non-print entries covering all aspects of Japanese netsuke, the miniature carvings which Japanese men used to suspend various items from the sash belt that fastened their kimono. It is organized into 15 major and 5 minor categories. Each category is further divided into 11 subcategories. Additional features include four indices (Author, Journal, Place, and Subject), and a variety of appendices.

It contains 2,196 books, 1,861 journal articles (457 from the Netsuke Kenkyukai Study Journal), 367 from the Journal of the International Netsuke Collectors Society 1,494 auction catalogs, 431 items in French, 254 items in Japanese, 60 items prior to 1900, including 9 auction catalogs.

Includes most materials published through the end of 1998. A section of ‘Late Arrivals’, including last minute submissions and items in early 1999, will be listed as well. This volume is a necessity for every netsuke collector, bibliophile, art library and museum.

Available in Hardcover

(1999) Chicago; Hardcover, blue cloth, 7 in x 10 in, 384 pages, 25 b&w illustrations. ISBN: 1878529560


The Ultimate Netsuke Bibliography: An Annotated Guide to Miniature Japanese Carvings (Softcover)
Norman L. Sandfield

The Ultimate Netsuke Bibliography is a comprehensive bibliography of more than 4,400 bibliographic print and non-print entries covering all aspects of Japanese netsuke, the miniature carvings which Japanese men used to suspend various items from the sash belt that fastened their kimono. It is organized into 15 major and 5 minor categories. Each category is further divided into 11 subcategories. Additional features include four indices (Author, Journal, Place, and Subject), and a variety of appendices.

It contains 2,196 books, 1,861 journal articles (457 from the Netsuke Kenkyukai Study Journal), 367 from the Journal of the International Netsuke Collectors Society 1,494 auction catalogs, 431 items in French, 254 items in Japanese, 60 items prior to 1900, including 9 auction catalogs.

Includes most materials published through the end of 1998. A section of Late Arrivals, including last minute submissions and items in early 1999, is listed as well. This volume is a necessity for every netsuke collector, bibliophile, art library and museum.

Available in Softcover

(1999) Chicago; 7 in x 10 in, 384 pages, 25 b&w images, paper. ISBN: 1878529579


The Brush and the Stone: The Dr Dean Edell Collection of Chinese Art
Christopher Randall

Beautifully produced, this comprehensive catalogue of 100 selected items from Dr. Dean Edell Collection consists of two sections: 32 Chinese works of art both imperial and scholarly, including screens, brushes, inkstones, jade carvings and related items, and a separate section devoted to Chinese snuff bottles. The bottles are largely Imperial workshop jade snuff bottles of the Qianlong period, offering various shape and design associated with Palace workshops. Incised poetry by Emperor Qianlong fully translated offers an insight to period thoughts. The Collection also includes some items from the famous Erik Hancock Collection and those illustrated in Bob Steven’s Collector’s Book of Snuff Bottles.

Available in Hardcover

(1998) Hong Kong; Hardcover, clothbound with dust jacket, 8.5 in x 12 in, 142 pages, over 200 color illustrations. ISBN: 1878529544


供石观 The Spirit of Gongshi: Chinese Scholar’s Rocks with a Foreword by Wu Tung
何可敏 Kemin Hu

Gongshi is a Chinese term for a variety of rare rocks usually referred to in the West as “scholar’s rock”. This volume is a survey of Chinese scholar’s rocks and rock paintings from important private collections in America and China. It includes over 200 color illustrations, drawing from fine examples from the collection of Ian and Susan Wilson, Richard Rosenblum, Robert H. Ellsworth, Grace Wu Bruce, C.C. Wang, Hu Zhaokang, Zhang Daqian, and many other private collections in China.

With a foreword by Wu Tung of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and essays on aspects of collecting and appreciation of Chinese scholar’s rocks by Ian Wilson, Richard Rosenblum, and Hu Zhaokang.

Available in Softcover

(1998) Newton; Softcover, 8.5 in x 11 in, 128 pages, over 200 color illustrations, text in English and Chinese, paper. ISBN: 187852951X


Hirado: Prince of Porcelains
Louis Lawrence

The first book in the Encyclopedia of Japanese Art series is devoted to Hirado porcelain and is the only work devoted exclusively to the subject in English. This much needed volume traces the origins of one of Japan’s great porcelain manufacturers from its first years in the 17th century to its closure early in the 20th century. Illustrated with over 100 color plates, almost all of which are published for the first time, it displays the extraordinary range of Hirado wares originally made exclusively for the wealthy Matsura family. It conclusively demonstrates that Hirado was an important kiln in the history of Japanese ceramics and its widely varied wares rank among the finest made. Within the appendices of this book is a unique and comprehensive section devoted to over 90 marks found on Hirado wares. The eccentric charm and superlative quality of this rare porcelain is admirably displayed in this book by scholar and dealer, Louis Lawrence with an introduction by the renowned collector David Hyatt King.

Available in Hardcover and Softcover

(1997) Chicago; 8.25 in. x 10.5 in., 176 pages, 100 color illustrations, bibliography, paper. ISBN: 1878529528 (HC), 1878529307 (SC)


Vietnamese Ceramics : A Separate Tradition
John Stevenson, John Guy

Vietnamese ceramics exhibit a unique combination of indigenous creativity plus elements derived from other cultures such as China, Cambodia, Champa, and India. Decorative motifs, glaze types, production methods, perhaps even attitudes toward potting, differed distinctly from those of China. Using excellent clay from the Red River Valley–smooth, homogenous, gray-white–the Vietnamese created the most sophisticated ceramics in Southeast Asia.

The most definitive study of Vietnamese ceramics to date, this volume is a collaborative effort from experts around the world, including Vietnam, Japan, England, France, and the United States. Tracing the history and development of Vietnamese ceramics, the scholars examine the kiln sites of Vietnam, study techniques, and systematically categorize the field according to different traditions that had profound influence on the production of ceramics in Vietnam.

Essays include: Vietnamese Ceramics and Cultural Identity by John Guy The Evolution of Vietnamese Ceramics by John Stevenson Vietnamese Ceramics in International Trade by John Guy Vietnamese Ceramics in Japanese Contexts by Louise Allison Cort Kilns of North Vietnam by Morimoto Asako From Prehistory to Han by Philippe Truong Ivory-Glazed Wares of Ly and Tran by John Stevenson Vietnamese Celadons and Their Relationships to the Celadons of Southern China by Peter Lam Vietnamese Blue-and-White and Related Wares by Regina Krahl Ceramics Used in Buddhist Context by Trian Nguyen

Available in Hardcover

(1997) Chicago; Hardcover, clothbound with dust jacket, 9 in x 12 in, 432 pages, 500 color illustrations, appendix, bibliography, index. ISBN: 1878529226

**Due to its size and weight, the shipping cost is $9.95 (USA address) and $25.00 (non-USA address).


Maori: Art and Culture
D. C. Starzecka

Fully illustrated with the collection of the British Museum, this landmark publication seeks to introduce Maori art and culture to a general audience and to explore themes which are at the forefront of Maori studies. The authors, the majority of them living and working in New Zealand, offer a vivid portrait of the art and culture of Maori people both past and present. As well as examining the archaeology and early history of the Maori people, the book discusses the evidence for religion, ritual and social and political ortanization before and after the arrival of the Europeans. The development of a distinctively Maori art is examined in detail as is the impact of external influences. The techniques and materials of fiber art – clothing, basketry, and nets – are surveyed, with special attention to developments brought about by social, economic and ecological changes in New Zealand from the earliest settlements to modern times. Modern perspectives on Maori traditions and culture, and on what it means to be Maori today, are provided by scholars Ngahuia Te Awekotuku and Arapata Hakiwai. The final chapter offers a history of the splendid Maori artifacts in the British Museum.

Available in Softcover

(1996) Chicago; Softcover, 8.6 in x 10.9 in, 168 pages, 70 color images, 60 b&w images, bibliography, index, paper. ISBN: 1878529188


心泉 Journey of the Heart
林霞 Xia Lin

Contemporary paintings with contemporary poems by Chuang Yoshi and Leong Lam-Po, two well known Chinese American artists.

Available in Softcover

(1994) Chicago; 5.5 in x 8.25 in, 74 pages illustrated with color plates, text in Chinese, introduction in Chinese and English, paper; (o.p., near fine). ISBN: 1878529153


Japanese Inro from the Brozman Collection
Louis Lawrence and Shep Brozman

For the first time in almost a decade a book has been produced to excite the collector of lacquer and inro. Lavishly illustrated, it shows over 150 inro from one of the most sophisticated and highly prized private collections in the Western hemisphere.

Available in Hardcover

(1993) London; Hardcover, clothbound with dust jacket, slipcase, 8.75 in x 12 in, 308 pages, 223 full color illustrations, signatures, glossary, bibliography, index. ISBN: 0952046105


Classic Chinese Furniture: Ming and Early Qing Dynasties
Shixiang Wang

Written by an authoritative furniture historian, Wang Shixiang, this book provides beautiful color plates, basic knowledge, and detailed descriptions of many important pieces.

Available in Hardcover

(1991) Chicago; Hardcover, clothbound with dust jacket, 9.5 in x 12.25 in, 328 pages, 332 color images, 175 b&w illustrations, 52 drawings, glossary, bibliography, index. ISBN: 1878529021

**Due to size and weight, shipping cost is $9.95 (US address) and $59.95 (non-US address).


Connoisseurship of Chinese Furniture: Ming and Early Qing Dynasties (2 Volumes)
Shixiang Wang

This volume is by far the most comprehensive study of Chinese furniture. The author discusses the history of furniture making in China and details the different kinds of wood, construction, and joinery.

Available in Hardcover

(1990) Chicago; Hardcover, clothbound, 9.5 in x 12.25 in, 2 vols, vol.I 226 pages, 306 illustrations, 25 in color; vol.II 190 pages, 353 b&w illustrations, notes, index, cloth, slipcase. ISBN: 1878529013

**Due to size and weight, shipping cost is $9.00 (US address) and $30.00 (non-US address).


Connoisseurship of Chinese Furniture (2 Vol) & Classic Chinese Furniture SPECIAL
Shixiang Wang

Connoisseurship of Chinese Furniture: Ming and Early Qing Dynasties (2 Volumes)This volume is by far the most comprehensive study of Chinese furniture. The author discusses the history of furniture making in China and details the different kinds of wood, construction, and joinery.

Classic Chinese Furniture: Ming and Early Qing DynastiesWritten by an authoritative furniture historian, Wang Shixiang, this book provides beautiful color plates, basic knowledge, and detailed descriptions of many important pieces

Available on sale individually at 50% (see below): Connoisseurship of Chinese Furniture (2 Vol)Classic Chinese Furniture

Available in Hardcover

(1990) Chicago; Connoisseurship of Chinese Furniture, hardcover, cloth, slipcase, 9.5 in x 12.25 in, 2 vols, vol.I 226 pages, 306 illustrations, 25 in color; vol.II 190 pages, 353 b/w illustrations, notes, index;

(1991) Chicago; Classic Chinese Furniture, hardcover, cloth, dust jacket, 9.5 in x 12.25 in, 328 pages, 332 color and 175 b/w illustrations, 52 drawings, glossary, bibliography, index.

**Due to size and weight, shipping cost is $15.00 (US address) and $48.00 (Non-US address).


Connoisseurship of Chinese Furniture: Ming and Early Qing Dynasties (2 Volumes) SIGNED
Shixiang Wang

This volume is by far the most comprehensive study of Chinese furniture. The author discusses the history of furniture making in China and details the different kinds of wood, construction, and joinery.

Available in Hardcover

(1990) Chicago; Clothbound with dust jacket and slipcase, 9.5 in x 12.25 in, 2 vols, vol.I 226 pages, 306 illustrations, 25 in color; vol.II 190 pages, 353 b&w illustrations, notes, index; O.p.; signed by the author with one seal. ISBN: 1878529013

**Due to size and weight, shipping cost is $9.95 (US address) and $59.95 (Non-US address).


Connoisseurship of Chinese Furniture: Ming and Early Qing Dynasties (2 Volumes) LIMITED DELUXE EDITION
Shixiang Wang

This volume is by far the most comprehensive study of Chinese furniture. The author discusses the history of furniture making in China and details the different kinds of wood, construction, and joinery.

Available in Hardcover

(1990) Chicago; BOUND IN SILK, CASED IN WOODEN BOX, NUMBERED AND SIGNED BY WANG SHIXIANG; 9.5 in x 12.25 in, 2 vols, vol.I 226 pages, 306 illustrations, 25 in color; vol.II 190 pages, 353 b&w illustrations, notes, index.


Dr. Newton’s Zoo: A Study of Post-Archaic Small Jade Carving
John Ayers

This unique catalog features animal-style jade carvings of the post-Han period.

Available in Softcover

(1981) Chicago; Softcover with wrapper, 8.5 in x 11 in, 47 pages, 4 color plates, 100 pieces illustrated in b&w; (o.p.; some damp stain marks along top or bottom page edges).