The Arts of Asia: Materials, Techniques, Styles

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Thames & Hudson, 2005 - Art - 256 pages
"Here is an introduction to the beautiful materials used in Asian art and the ways in which they have been transformed into glorious works over the centuries." "Why do we call fine ceramics "china"? Are paintings actually made on "rice paper"? What are "japanning," "cinnabar" and "celadon"? How can one identify "true" lacquer? What is a "Peking knot"? This book answers countless questions, providing clear definitions and expert guidance. Each material is studied in turn - jade, silk, porcelain, lacquer, ivory, bamboo, paper, gold, stone and wood - and the techniques used in the artistic process are explained. The most important historical styles are explored country by country, from ancient prehistoric examples to the art of the present day."--Jacket.

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