Chinese Art: A Guide to Motifs and Visual Imagery
"Chinese Art examines the meanings behind the hundreds of common motifs and symbols found in all forms of Chinese art, exposing their linguistic, metaphoric or historic origins, common usage, and diverse applications. Plants, flowers, real and imaginary animals and birds, reptiles, fish and amphibians, colors, numbers, and a myriad of inanimate images and personages communicate auspicious and benevolent messages in the Chinese vocabulary of decorative art. Many of the symbols are easily recognizable, and thanks to China's love of the past, reappear almost continuously. A perfect reference for collectors, museum-goers, docents, students of Chinese art, and anyone else with a serious interest in the culture and history of China, the book includes both Chinese and Pinyin text, over 630 illustrations (including references to on-line collections), an extensive index in both Chinese and English, a bibliography, and a list of recommended museums and other places to visit with interesting collections of Chinese art."--Publisher's website.
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Review: Chinese Art: A Guide to Motifs and Visual ImageryUser Review - Ray Heaton - Goodreads
First impression is that 5 stars doesn't do this book justice; it's a visual treat and has real depth of learning within it. I suspect this will become my go-to reference book! Read full review
Review: Chinese Art: A Guide to Motifs and Visual ImageryUser Review - Sebastien - Goodreads
Really like the way this book is organized (by specific images and motifs). Also, lots of great color photos of artwork accompanying the text (which is concise and very informative). Read full review