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This extraordinary catalogue accompanies a major traveling exhibition of 128 works of bronze, jade, and clay dating from the thirteenth century B.C. to the second century A.D. The majority of these stunningly sophisticated works of art--among the most unusual and spectacular produced anywhere in the ancient world--all come from a startling archaeological discovery made just fourteen years ago at the previously unknown site of Sanxingdui in Sichuan province. The discovery of this Bronze Age civilization fundamentally changes our understanding of Chinese history.
Representing fifteen hundred years of cultural production, these striking objects are extraordinarily varied, ranging from a monumental standing figure and an almost life-size bronze horse to ritual vessels, masks, and bronze heads of fantastic-looking supernatural beings, finely honed jade knives and ritual blades, and marvelous clay statuettes. Most have never before been seen in the United States. The exhibition and catalogue represent a unique international effort to continue the study of ancient Sichuan.
Under the leadership of Robert Bagley, an international team of scholars contributes eight essays on the archaeological discoveries at Sanxingdui, the art historical importance of these objects, and the new history of ancient China they tell. Contributors are Michele Pirazzoli-t'Serstevens, Jessica Rawson, Lothar von Falkenhausen, Alain Thote, Jenny F. So, Michael Nylan, and the Seattle Art Museum's Curator of Chinese Art, Jay Xu. In addition to the essays, there are individual entries for each object, nearly all of which have been newly photographed for this publication.
Ancient Sichuan contributes to a revolutionary change in perceptions of ancient Chinese civilization, providing an unprecedented opportunity to explore the art, material culture, and spiritual life of ancient China.
Seattle Art Museum, Seattle
Kimbell Museum of Art, Fort Worth
September 2001-January 2002
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto
This book's fine design and gorgeous photography will interest readers. Library Journal This well-made ... book ... documents the principal excavations and offers full-color photographs of some of the most spectacular finds... Students and collectors of Asian art will enjoy browsing through this richly illustrated catalog. -- Gregory McNamee Bloomsbury Review Beautifully and profusely illustrated in color with many black-and-white photographs and diagrams, this volume documents a need for the reassessment of China's ancient art history... A splendid book. Choice
|Director's Preface||p. 8|
|Curator's Acknowledgements||p. 10|
|Editor's Preface||p. 12|
|Map of China||p. 14|
|Map of Sichuan||p. 16|
|Map of Chengdu Region||p. 18|
|Sichuan before the Warring States Period||p. 21|
|Bronze at Sanxingdui||p. 59|
|Jade and Stone at Sanxingdui||p. 153|
|The Chengdu Plain in the Early First Millenium BC: Zhuwajie||p. 177|
|The Archaeology of Eastern Sichuan at the End of the Bronze Age (Fifth to Third Century BC)||p. 203|
|Tombs and Tomb Furnishings of the Eastern Han period (AD 25-220)||p. 253|
|Afterword: The Legacies of the Chengdu Plain||p. 309|
|Appendix: Additional Exhibition Information Chinese Character Glossary||p. 329|
|List of Works Cited||p. 333|
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Published: 23rd April 2001
Dimensions (cm): 31.242 x 25.679 x 3.15
Weight (kg): 2.164