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Chinese Ceramics: From the Paleolithic Period through the Qing Dynasty

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This lavishly illustrated catalogue is a comprehensive historical review of Chinese ceramics covering newly excavated discoveries from the Paleolithic era thousands of years ago to the end of the Qing dynasty in 1911. Throughout China’s history there has been an ongoing practice of invention and innovation in the forms, materials, decorations, and functions of ceramics mad ...more
Hardcover, 608 pages
Published December 21st 2010 by Yale University Press
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Jul 09, 2013 John added it
This hefty book - it weights at least ten pounds - looks as if it just might replace Valenstein (2nd ed.) as the standard survey of the subject. Gorgeous object.

I've read the introduction, overview of Chinese ceramic history, and the first chapter which provides a survey history of Chinese ceramics during the Neolithic era, during which potters created my very favorite pieces. Like most surveys of ancient cultures, it resembles nothing so much as a list of "cultures," masses and multitudes of th
This incredible work not only talks about porcelain and other Chinese pottery, which are all exquisite, but also its impact on culture, life, trade, and politics. It is an extremely good book for general Chinese history as well as an in depth look at Chinese art over the centuries, which relates heavily to Chinese cultural, philosophical and religious thought, all through the lens of pottery.
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