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Chinese symbolism & art motifs : a comprehensive handbook on symbolism in Chinese art through the ages /

by Williams, C. A. S. (Charles Alfred Speed) [author.]; Barrow, Terence [writer of introduction.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Rutland, Vermont : Tuttle Publishing, [2018?]Edition: Fourth revised edition.Description: 448 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.ISBN: 9780804850070; 0804850070.Other title: Chinese symbolism and art motifs.Subject(s): Symbolism in art | Symbolism in folklore -- China | Folklore -- China | China -- Social life and customsSummary: The Eight Immortals, the five elements, the dragon and the phoenix, yin and yang - presentations of these important cultural symbols are pervasive in Chinese literature, art, and architecture and without an understanding of their significance, much Chinese history, folklore, and culture cannot be fully appreciated. C.A.S. Williams offers concise explanations of these essential symbols and motifs. Arranged alphabetically for easy access, the book not only explains essential cultural symbols, accompanied by their Chinese characters, but also contains many articles on Chinese beliefs, customs, arts and crafts, food, agriculture, and medicine.
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Written with reader accessibility in mind, this comprehensive handbook of symbolism in Chinese art and culture will be an invaluable resource for any student of Eastern art history, Chinese arts and crafts, and anyone interested in commonly held Chinese beliefs and their origins.

In Chinese Symbolism & Art Motifs Fourth Edition , scholar C.A.S. Williams offers concise explanations of the essential symbols and motifs relevant to Chinese literature, arts & crafts, and architecture. This reference book has been a standard among students of Chinese culture and history since 1941 and, in its Fourth Edition, has been completely reset with Pinyin pronunciation of Chinese names and words.

Organized alphabetically, enhanced by over 400 illustrations, and clearly written for accessibility across a variety of fields, this book not only explains symbols and motifs essential to any designer, art collector, or historian, but delves into ancient customs in religion, food, agriculture, and medicine.

Some of the symbols and motifs explicated are: The Eight Immortals The Five Elements The Dragon The Phoenix Yin and Yang With Chinese Symbolism & Art Motifs , you can access hidden insights into the intentions behind works of Chinese craftsmanship, and the thorough explanations of each symbol accompanied by the historical origins from which they arose. It will complement your existing knowledge of any area of Chinese culture, or help you confidently explore new topics within the realm of Asian art and history.

First Tuttle edition, 1974.

Revised edition, 2006.

Includes index.

The Eight Immortals, the five elements, the dragon and the phoenix, yin and yang - presentations of these important cultural symbols are pervasive in Chinese literature, art, and architecture and without an understanding of their significance, much Chinese history, folklore, and culture cannot be fully appreciated. C.A.S. Williams offers concise explanations of these essential symbols and motifs. Arranged alphabetically for easy access, the book not only explains essential cultural symbols, accompanied by their Chinese characters, but also contains many articles on Chinese beliefs, customs, arts and crafts, food, agriculture, and medicine.

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