Chinese Sculpture

Angela Falco Howard, Li Song, Wu Hung, and Yang Hong

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April 28, 2006
536 pages, 9 x 12
51 b/w + 468 color illus.
ISBN: 9780300100655
Cloth

Foreign Languages Press, Beijing

The most up-to-date and detailed exploration of China's magnificent sculptural heritage

Sculpture is becoming known as one of China’s great arts. Neolithic figurines, rows upon rows of underground terra-cotta statues, exquisite bronzes, Buddhas carved in cave walls—all these are part of a vast sculptural heritage. This gorgeous book, written by a team of eminent international scholars, is the first to offer a comprehensive history of Chinese sculpture. Spanning some seven thousand years, Chinese Sculpture explores a beautiful and diverse world of objects, many of which have come to light in recent decades.
 

The authors analyze and present, mostly in color, more than five hundred examples of Chinese sculpture, dividing China’s rich and complex sculptural legacy into two parts—secular (tomb and mortuary art) and religious (Buddhist, Confucianist, and Daoist art). Throughout, the authors highlight the inventiveness, purposes, and brilliant execution of Chinese sculpture and comment on how the country’s culture nurtured the practical and intellectual choices that shaped its sculptural traditions over the millennia.

Angela Falco Howard is professor of Asian art at Rutgers University and former special consultant in Chinese Buddhist art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Li Song is the former editor of Fine Art Studies (Beijing) and was editor in chief of the volume on sculpture in the Encyclopedia of China. Wu Hung is Harrie A. Vanderstappen Distinguished Service Professor in Chinese Art History and director of the Center for the Art of Asia at the University of Chicago. Yang Hong is professor and research fellow at the Institute of Archaeology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and senior editor of Cultural Relics.

“A new and comprehensive work on Chinese sculpture for a Western audience, incorporating the latest research and photography from China, is long overdue. Chinese Sculpture is an excellent book for reference. Sites are richly illustrated and described with a wealth of detail, while the index and chronology are workmanlike. … Reproductions are as clear as they could be given their diverse sources… The volume provides invaluable information…” - Rose Kerr, Burlington Magazine

"This lavishly illustrated book is the latest publication in 'The Culture and Civilization of China' series. . . . This is an extremely well resourced undertaking, and this book lives up to the high standards set with earlier volumes in the series. . . . While the imagery in the book is exceptional, the scholarship is also of a high standard. . . . This book provides the best single collection of images of Chinese sculpture now available and for this reason alone I suggest that it is something that should be ordered for all university libraries."—Brian Moloughney, New Zealand Journal of Asian Studies

Chosen as an "Outstanding" Title in the 2007 AAUP catalogue of University Press Books for Public and Secondary School Libraries 

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