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Pictures and Visuality in Early Modern China (Hardback)
  • Pictures and Visuality in Early Modern China (Hardback)
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Pictures and Visuality in Early Modern China (Hardback)

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Hardback 224 Pages / Published: 01/11/1997
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Aiming to provide a stimulating point of entry to Chinese history, this work presents an introduction to the Chinese "way of seeing". The 16th century was a period of rapid and unprecedented economic expansion in China. It also saw a parallel expansion in the sphere of cultural production, as a growing class of consumers of luxury goods benefited from the formation of one of the classic Early Modern consumer societies. Pictures were a major source of consumable luxury at this time - pictures not only in the form of independently circulating images classifiable as "art", but also in the form of wall decoration, in books, prints and maps, in images on ceramics and lacquer boxes, on textile furnishings, and even on the dress of the prosperous. Artefacts which had previously been decorated with formal patterns, or with plants and animals only, now bore landscape scenes, representations of historical characters and incidents, and scenes from literature, often closely related to the world of the illustrated book. The wide range of pictures circulating in the rich visual culture of 16th- and 17th-century China is covered in this volume.

Publisher: Reaktion Books
ISBN: 9781861890085
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 687 g
Dimensions: 240 x 169 x 21 mm

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