Chinese Art

Chinese Art

A Guide To Motifs And Visual Imagery

Book - 2008
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Chinese symbolism is rich and complex, with symbols enduring for centuries in all media. Welch, a specialist in Chinese philosophy based in Singapore, has created an impressive guide to the motifs and symbols, organizing it by theme and type, with discussion of each symbol's meanings. The volume is divided into symbols from nature, mortals and religious beings, and inanimate objects. The Chinese character and the variations for each symbol are noted and the color plates show examples from classical and contemporary Chinese art and culture. Several tables are included that usefully list the associations, forms, and meanings of various symbolic types or groups, for example, the interrelationship of animals with the world, the four guardians, and the five colors. Published in an oversized format (8.75x11.25") and well-illustrated with color plates, this is a fun and useful resource for any reader interested in Chinese art. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Tuttle Pub
Chinese Art is a guide to the meanings behind the hundreds of common motifs and symbols found in all forms of Chinese art. A thorough examination of the diverse usage of natural symbols, colors, numbers, inanimate items and personages, Chinese Art communicates the deeper messages to be found in Chinese decorative art. It is an excellent reference for collectors, museum-goers and students of Chinese art, culture and history.

An excellent reference for collectors, museum-goers and students of Chinese art, culture and history

Publisher: North Clarendon, VT : Tuttle Pub., c2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780804838641
Characteristics: 288 p. : col. ill. ; 29 cm


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