Paper $55.00 ISBN: 9781861893604 Published July 2012 For sale in North and South America only

Empire of Great Brightness

Visual and Material Cultures of Ming China, 1368-1644

Craig Clunas

Craig Clunas

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288 pages | 61 color plates, 138 halftones | 7 1/2 x 9 4/5 | © 2007
Paper $55.00 ISBN: 9781861893604 Published July 2012 For sale in North and South America only
Empire of Great Brightness is an innovative and accessible history of a high point in Chinese culture as explored through the riches of its images and objects. Emphasizing the vibrant interactions between China and the rest of Asia at this period, it challenges notions of Ming China as a culture closed off from the rest of the world. Eminent historian Craig Clunas uses a wide range of pictures and objects from Ming China to illustrate areas such as painting and ceramics. He also draws on items like weapons and textiles from public and private collections, as well as contemporary sources from government edicts to novels, to illuminate this most diverse period of Chinese art and culture. Empire of Great Brightness offers a varied and stimulating resource for scholars of China’s cultural history, historians and art historians of related aspects of the early modern world, and readers who are intrigued by China’s past.
 
“An excellent companion for the study of Ming art, as well as giving established scholars food for thought and engaging in Ming Chinese culture.”—Art Newspaper

“This is an eminently readable history of the high point of Chinese cultures, seen through the riches of its images and objects.”—Asian Art Survey
Art Newspaper
“An excellent companion for the study of Ming art, as well as giving established scholars food for thought and engaging in Ming Chinese culture.”
Contents
Introduction

1. Time, Space and Agency in Ming China
2. Sitting and Roaming: Cultures of Direction and Movement
3. The Word on the Streets: Cultures of Text
4. Pictures in the Chinese Encyclopaedia: Image, Category and Knowledge
5. Pleasure, Play and Excess
6. Dark Warriors: Cultures of Violence
7. 'Walking with a Staff': Ageing and Death
8. Remnant Subjects: Afterlives of Ming Visual and Material Culture

Afterword
References
Bibliography
Acknowledgements and Photographic Acknowledgements
Index
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