ISBN-10:
0300082843
ISBN-13:
9780300082845
Pub. Date:
04/10/2000
Publisher:
Yale University Press
The Arts of China to A.D. 900 / Edition 1

The Arts of China to A.D. 900 / Edition 1

by William Watson

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Overview


This book is the first in a major three-volume series that will survey China's immense wealth of art, architecture, and artifacts from prehistoric times to the twentieth century. The Arts of China to A.D. 900 investigates the beginnings of the traditions on which much of the art rests, moving from Neolithic and Bronze Age China to the era of the Tang Dynasty around A.D. 900.

William Watson discusses in lively detail a wide range of art forms and techniques: porcelain and pottery, lacquer, religious and secular painting and sculpture, mural painting, monumental sculpture and architecture. He explains the materials and techniques of bronze casting, jade carving, pottery manufacture, and other arts, and he describes the most important sites, the artifacts that were produced at each one, and the historical interactions between different areas. He discusses the iconography, the technique and the function of every art form. Written by one of the most distinguished scholars in the field of Chinese art and archaeology, this lavishly illustrated book will be a valuable resource for both experts and beginners in the field.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300082845
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 04/10/2000
Series: The Yale University Press Pelican History of Art Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

About the Author


William Watson is emeritus professor of Chinese art and archaeology at the University of London. He was formerly director of The Percival David Foundation, London, and has written a number of other books on Chinese art and architecture.

Table of Contents

Preface vii
Maps
viii
Chronological Table x
Neolithic Art
1(10)
Shang Art
11(16)
The Erlitou period
11(3)
The Erligang period
14(3)
The Yinxu period
17(10)
Bronze in the Xizhou Period: 1027--771 B.C.
27(11)
Continuing style
29(2)
Epigonic style
31(4)
The bird motif
35(1)
Broad style
35(3)
Bronze in the Chunqiu and Zhanguo Periods: 771--476, 475--221
38(14)
Reduced ornament
38(1)
Liyu style
39(2)
Henan picturesque style
41(2)
Mirrors
43(2)
Henan geometric style
45(7)
Jade
52(9)
Lacquer Art
61(8)
Inner Asia and the Chinese Borders
69(12)
Cultural Unity. The Han Empire
81(8)
Draughtsmanship before Han
81(1)
Draughtsmanship and painting under the Western Han: human and animal figures
81(2)
The inhabited scroll
83(3)
Naturalistic modelling
86(3)
Iconography under the Western Han
89(7)
Draughtsmanship and Painting under the Eastern Han
96(8)
Schematic design
102(2)
Architecture in Retrospect from the Second Century A.D.
104(9)
The Period of the Six Dynasties
113(1)
Buddhist and secular
113(1)
The Age of Division: Sculpture of the Northern Wei First Phase
114(5)
Pre-Yungang sculpture: Northern Wei first phase
115(4)
Yungang Cave-shrine: Northern Wei Second Phase
119(9)
Northern Wei Third Phase: A.D. 495--535
128(15)
Gilded bronze images
128(4)
Longmen cave-shrines
132(5)
Cave-shrines of Northern Wei date at Maijishan, Gong-xian
137(6)
Monumental Sculpture of the Mid-sixth Century
143(10)
Schools of sculpture
143(4)
Monumental sculpture under Northern Qi, Northern Zhou and Sui (A.D. 550--618)
147(6)
Draughtsmanship and Painting of the Six Dynasties in Henan, Hebei and Jiangsu
153(10)
Secular subjects: the frieze of persons
153(1)
The demon frieze and the landscape frieze
153(10)
Pre-Tang Mural Painting in West China
163(13)
Architecture from Han to Tang
176(10)
The Buddhist precinct
176(2)
The timber frame
178(3)
Wooden towers
181(1)
Memorial pagodas
182(2)
Brick towers
184(2)
The Buddhist Icon: Tang International Style
186(9)
Tang International Style: jewelled motifs
186(4)
Tang International Style: floral motifs, colour
190(2)
Tang International Style: linearity, figures, perspective
192(3)
Tang Secular Painting, Figures and Landscape
195(18)
The theorists
195(1)
Portraiture and figure painting
196(1)
Single figures
196(1)
Figure groups
196(9)
Landscape
205(8)
Buddhist Sculpture under the Tang
213(14)
Continuing style: 580--680
216(2)
Continuing style: 680--720
218(1)
Continuing style: 720--750
218(3)
Continuing style in the late eighth and early ninth centuries
221(1)
Indianizing style
221(3)
Mahayana and Vajrayana
224(3)
Tang Non-Buddhist Sculpture and Decorated Objects
227(19)
Monumental sculpture
227(2)
Tang stone sculpture
229(1)
Pottery figurines
230(6)
Lead glaze and metal form
236(10)
List of Bibliographical Abbreviations 246(1)
Notes 247(12)
Bibliography 259(11)
Glossary of Chinese Characters 270(3)
Index 273(4)
Picture Acknowledgements 277

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