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By Sherman Lee

This is often an account of the visible arts of Asia, from the Indus River to Japan and Java, among the 5th millennium BC and advert 1850. This entire 5th variation contains awesome contemporary archaeological discoveries. every one bankruptcy starts with a concise ancient creation offering a political and social surroundings for inventive technique and improvement. The discussions are chronologically dependent and canopy numerous mediums, together with sculpture and structure in India and Southeast Asia, portray and ceramics in China and Korea, portray and ornamental arts in Japan, and sculpture in spiritual artwork all over the place. A basic bibliography lists all significant works and periodicals within the box, by way of accelerated and really good bibliographies for every bankruptcy. Revised chronologies, maps, a close index and a pronunciation consultant for the Indian, eastern, and chinese language names and phrases support the reader. this can be an built-in normal creation to its box, and a uncomplicated reference paintings for college students.

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2Q. BELOW: Four-Legged Ting. Inscribed with name of King Ch'eng, bronze, height 11". Early Chou Period. Nelson Gallery-Atkins Museum (Nelson Fund), Kansas City 40 i ,^'k\T T {fig. ^o). The Middle Chou Period brings a radical change in style and an apparent decline in technique. Finally, with the Late Chou Period comes a renaissance others of the decorative innovation and technical skill, the flamboyance and love of detail characteristic of Shang bronzes. Let us first look at the characteristic Early Chou ves- sels.

There are two birds and an ogre mask on the co\er. The ends of the bronze are cast to simulate crocodile hide. Presumably Sumitomo bronze is derived from a wooden drum with crocodile skins as drum heads. The meaning of the symbols is not known to us. This drum is one good the indication of the influence of earlier The ting is wooden prototypes. a vessel which Li Chi uses convincingly wood derivation for the bronze ves- kind of a feline creature, perhaps a tiger, looks straight out at the spectator and, as has been often pointed out, as evidence of a masks in the much later carvings of the American Northwest Coast Indians.

36. Fish. Jade, width Early Chou Period. Cleveland more known sites and from a wider geo- are therefore dealing with dealt with before, graphical range. 3-'if;". Museum We we ha\e than There of Art is much greater variety of material, beChou Period witnessed a great expansion also a cause the Late of Chinese techniques and knowledge Undoubtedly, some of lus from the \\'est, as this the later animal beads. of raw materials. expansion was under stimu- indicated by the influence of and the importation of glass saw the first native production of is st\'le The period also which had great implications for the ceramic industry', for it is no coincidence that the development of purposeful glaze dates from this time despite Li Chi's evidence for traces of glazing on some of the Shang vessels from An-Yang.

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