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Author Clunas, Craig.
Title Empire of great brightness : visual and material cultures of Ming China, 1368-1644 / Craig Clunas.
Published London : Reaktion Books, 2008.
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 Floor2  DS753.2 .C58 2008    IN LIBRARY
Edition 1st pbk ed.
Description 288 p. : ill. (some col.), map ; 25 cm.
Note Originally published: 2007.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 262-274) and index.
Contents Time, space and agency in Ming China -- Sitting and roaming: cultures of direction and movement -- The word on the streets: cultures of text -- Pictures in the Chinese encyclopaedia: image, category, and knowledge -- Pleasure, play and excess -- Dark warriors: cultures of violence -- 'Walking with a staff': ageing and death -- Remnant subjects: afterlives of Ming visual and material culture.
Summary "This book is a history of a high point in Chinese culture, seen through the riches of its images and objects. Not a simple emperor-by-emperor history, Empire of Great Brightness instead introduces the reader to themes that provide points of entry into Ming China: to ideas of motion and rest, to the position occupied by writing and objects featuring writing, to ideas about pleasure, about violence and ageing. It challenges notions of Ming China as a culture closed off from the rest of the world by emphasizing the vibrant interactions between China and the rest of Asia at this period."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Art, Chinese -- Ming-Qing dynasties, 1368-1912.
History in art.
China -- Civilization -- 960-1644.
China -- History -- Ming dynasty, 1368-1644.
Alternate Title Visual and material cultures of Ming China, 1368-1644
ISBN 9781861893604 (pbk.)
1861893604 (pbk.)
OCLC number 429033363