China: A History in Objects

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The history of China - brilliantly told and brought vividly to life through 7,000 years of objects from fine art to the everyday.

This title is an introduction to the history of China, it offers a fresh understanding of China's progress from the Neolithic age to the present. Told in six chapters arranged chronologically, through art, artefacts, people and places, and richly illustrated with expertly selected objects and artworks, it firmly connects today's China with its internationally engaged past.

From the earliest archaeological relics and rituals, through the development of writing and state, to the advent of empire, the author charts China's transformation from ancient civilisation into the world's most populous nation and influential economy, offering the reader a myriad of historical insights and cultural treasures along the way.

This accessible book presents an electric mix of materials including Chinese theatre, the decorative arts, costume, jewellery and furniture-making, running through to the most recent diffusion of Chinese culture.

Published to coincide with the reopening of the British Museum's Sir Joseph Hotung Gallery of China and South Asia, this book will stimulate, fascinate and inform anyone interested in one of the greatest and most influential nations of the modern world.

More about the author

Jessica Harrison-Hall is head of the China section, curator of later China, Vietnam and the Sir Percival David Collection of Chinese ceramics at the British Museum, London.

  • Product Code: CMC9780500519707
  • AUTHOR: Jessica Harrison-Hall
  • NUMBER OF PAGES: 352
  • FORMAT: Hardback
  • Dimension: 24cm x 17cm
  • Illustrations: 650
  • Subject: China
  • Weight: 0.30 Kg

The history of China - brilliantly told and brought vividly to life through 7,000 years of objects from fine art to the everyday.

This title is an introduction to the history of China, it offers a fresh understanding of China's progress from the Neolithic age to the present. Told in six chapters arranged chronologically, through art, artefacts, people and places, and richly illustrated with expertly selected objects and artworks, it firmly connects today's China with its internationally engaged past.

From the earliest archaeological relics and rituals, through the development of writing and state, to the advent of empire, the author charts China's transformation from ancient civilisation into the world's most populous nation and influential economy, offering the reader a myriad of historical insights and cultural treasures along the way.

This accessible book presents an electric mix of materials including Chinese theatre, the decorative arts, costume, jewellery and furniture-making, running through to the most recent diffusion of Chinese culture.

Published to coincide with the reopening of the British Museum's Sir Joseph Hotung Gallery of China and South Asia, this book will stimulate, fascinate and inform anyone interested in one of the greatest and most influential nations of the modern world.

More about the author

Jessica Harrison-Hall is head of the China section, curator of later China, Vietnam and the Sir Percival David Collection of Chinese ceramics at the British Museum, London.

  • Product Code: CMC9780500519707
  • AUTHOR: Jessica Harrison-Hall
  • PAGES: 352
  • FORMAT: Hardback
  • Weight: 0.30 Kg
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