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Treasures of China : the glories of the kingdom of the dragon / John D. Chinnery.

By: Chinnery, John D.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London : Duncan Baird, 2008Description: 223 pages : color illustrations ; 31 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781844835232 (hbk.); 1844835235 (hbk.); 9781844836215; 1844836215.Subject(s): Art objects -- China | Art, Chinese | China -- CivilizationDDC classification: 306.0951
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'Treasures of China' presents a vivid portrait of this distinguished civilization and its great treasures - tracing the history of the 'heavenly kingdom' through its dynasties of rulers, from the Shang and Zhou at the dawn of antiquity down through the millennia to the Qing at the onset of the modern age.

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Library Journal Review

This book's title doesn't do justice to its contents. While it often makes sense to name entries in the same series consistently--in this case an originally British series that also includes Treasures of Islam, Treasures of the Buddha, and Treasures of the Andes--this book really is more than decoration for the coffee table. Chinnery, formerly a professor at Edinburgh University, has written a popular but thorough history of China from the Neolithic period to the end of the last dynasty in just seven chapters. Readers unacquainted with China will be able to follow the nonacademic writing, but more maps would have made the geographical references clearer. Examples of art and architecture on every page complement the narrative. The photography and printing are superb, and the modern book design creates a sumptuous feeling with plenty of red and gold ink. An eye-popping introduction to Chinese history and civilization for a general readership, this book would be of most value to public libraries.--David McClelland, Philadelphia (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publishers Weekly Review

China, "the only ancient civilization to have survived up to the present day," represents a massive undertaking for historians; fortunately, this consideration and celebration of Chinese art from Scottish historian Chinnery, beginning in the Neolithic era and ending just before the 20th Century, is a wholly worthwhile effort. Some of the oldest pieces are the most fascinating, including a detailed hair ornament carved out of jade with a turquoise inlay, believed to date from 2000 BCE. Another highlight is the Terracotta Army, 6,000 life-sized clay soldiers built to protect China's first emporer, Shihuangdi, in the afterlife. Though concerned primarily with art, captured in more than 170 striking color images, this volume also provides a remarkably concise but thorough account of general Chinese history; also noted are important moments in fashion and literature (the Chinese translation of the Buddhist text Diamond Sutra, from 868 CE, is the world's oldest printed book). Also discussed at length is the Chinese language, an art form in itself and "the world's oldest writing system still in use." This beautiful volume should fascinate anyone with an interest in Far East history and art. (June) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.