Item Number: 112406
Title: Five Blessings : Coded Messages in Chinese Art
Author: Nikles van Osselt, Estelle
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Description: Milano: 5 Continents, 2011. 27cm., pbk., 213pp. illus., 50 color plates. Publisher's summary : This gorgeously produced book reveals the hidden meaning behind motifs in Chinese decorative arts. When any Westerner looks at Chinese art, it is immediately apparent how much the depiction of animal and plant life differs from its American or European equivalent. This exceptional world teems with flowers, trees, birds, fish, shellfish, and insects, mixed with fantastic creatures or figures taken from legend and mythology. Various motifs can appear together in one scene, and if the viewer understands the language, the images are charged with symbolism. This absorbing study explores the rich symbolic language of exquisite works in ceramic, jade, lacquer, glass, and silk from the world-renowned Baur Collection.
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