《Bran-New + Hardcover Collection Colour Paper Edition + An Encyclopedia of Great China Arts , Cultures, Historical Treasures and Dynasties 》John Chinnery - TREASURES OF CHINA : The Glories Of The Kingdom of The Dragon
This International bestseller collection in hardcover edition is a bran-new book and nicely wrapped with protective book-wrapper. The original new book is sold at usual price RM138.18 (Hardcover). Now here Only at RM22. For centuries China has intrigued and entranced Westerners. From Marco Polo's travels onwards, China's heritage of thousands of years of continuous civilization has long inspired awestruck respect in visitors, while its wide-ranging achievements, both artistic and intellectual, have retained the power to amaze and enthral. Treasures of China presents a portrait of a country and civilization that has fascinated outsiders for millennia. From the mysterious Xia (ca. 2000bce) to the last imperial rulers, the Qing (1644 - 1912), the history of the greatest imperial power in East Asia unfolds in seven chapters illuminated by over 170 stunning photographs, from the Crucible of a Civilization through to Imperial Zenith and Decline. Each section balances informative background with illuminating commentary that explains not only the art forms (from the magnificent bronze-casting to sublime ceramics, exquisite jade carving to ornate laquerwork), but reveals the nature and significance of its rich symbolism. It makes for a fascinating account of imperial power, war and invasion, as well as a journey of discovery. A magnificent illustrated companion to the greatest art and monuments of Chinese civilization and culture - including the vast tomb complex of the First Emperor Shi-Huangdi and the sublimely crafted ceramics of the Song , Tang and Ming dynasties : PORTRAYED IN MORE THAN 170 SUPERB COLOUR PHOTOGRAPHS. "Treasures of China" presents, in stunning colour photographs, a vivid portrait of this distinguished civilization and its great treasures - tracing the imperial kingdom's history through its dynasties of rulers, from the Shang and Zhou at the dawn of antiquity through to the Qing at the onset of the modern age. The book looks at each dynasty in turn, traces its developments in religion, art and culture, and examines its legacy of artefacts and monuments. An authoritative commentary sets the breathtaking creations of Chinese artists and craftsmen in their historical and artistic contexts. "Treasures of China" illustrates beautiful examples of metalwork, silk weaving, painting, jade carving, manuscript illumination, calligraphy, ceramics and much more - wonderful highlights of arguably the most exciting culture in the world. Presents some of the world's finest, and earliest, examples of imaginative craftmanship - including magnificient bronze-casting, beautiful inlay-metalwork, exquisite jade carving, sublime ceramics, colourful painting and manuscript illumination, rich textile and silk-weaving, intricate and ornate lacquerwork - with a detailed commentary on the symbolism used and the beliefs represented China, "the only ancient civilization to have survived up to the present day," represents a massive undertaking for historians; fortunately, this consideration and celebration of Chinese art from Scottish historian Chinnery, beginning in the Neolithic era and ending just before the 20th Century, is a wholly worthwhile effort. Some of the oldest pieces are the most fascinating, including a detailed hair ornament carved out of jade with a turquoise inlay, believed to date from 2000 BCE. Another highlight is the Terracotta Army, 6,000 life-sized clay soldiers built to protect China's first emporer, Shihuangdi, in the afterlife. Though concerned primarily with art, captured in more than 170 striking color images, this volume also provides a remarkably concise but thorough account of general Chinese history; also noted are important moments in fashion and literature (the Chinese translation of the Buddhist text Diamond Sutra, from 868 CE, is the world's oldest printed book). Also discussed at length is the Chinese language, an art form in itself and "the world's oldest writing system still in use." This beautiful volume should fascinate anyone with an interest in Far East history and art. About the Author John Chinnery is former Head of the Department of East Asian Studies at Edinburgh University, Scotland, where he lectured on the History of Chinese Civilization. He was a founder member, and is now Honorary President, of the Scotland China Association. His first visit to China was in 1954, as part of a cultural delegation to the newly founded People’s Republic of China which was cordially received by the Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai. He witnessed the Great Leap Forward firsthand, but was unable to visit China again until after the Cultural Revolution; now he is an annual visitor. He has written many articles about China for academic journals and in 1974 he translated Mao Zedong’s unpublished letters and speeches, which were published as Mao Tse-tung Unrehearsed. He contributed the articles “The Role of the State” and “Family and Society” to China.
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