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Author Clunas, Craig.
Title Superfluous things : material culture and social status in early modern China / Craig Clunas.
Published Honolulu : University of Hawai'i Press, c2004.
Book Cover

 Floor3  HN740.Z9 S6233 2004    IN LIBRARY
Edition Paperback ed.
Description xviii, 219 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Note Originally published: Cambridge : Polity Press, 1991. With new pref.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [197]-209) and index.
Contents Introduction -- Books about things: the literature of Ming connoisseurship -- Ideas about things: themes in Ming connoisseurship literature -- Words about things: the language of Ming connoisseurship -- Things of the past: uses of the unique Ming material culture -- Things in motion: Ming history objects as commodities -- Anxieties about things: consumption and class in Ming China -- Conclusion -- Appendix I: Editors of Treatise on superfluous things -- Appendix II: Selected prices for works of art and antique artefacts c. 1560-1620.
Summary "This book, presented here with a new preface, examines the history of material culture in early modern China. Craig Clunas analyzes "superfluous things" - the paintings, calligraphy, bronzes, ceramics, carved jade, and other objects owned by the elites of Ming China - and describes contemporary attitudes toward them. He informs his discussions with references to both socio-cultural theory and current debates on eighteenth-century England concerning luxury, conspicuous consumption, and the growth of the consumer society."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Social classes -- China -- History -- 20th century.
ISBN 0824828208 (pbk. : alk. paper)
9780824828202 (pbk. : alk. paper)
OCLC number 54073720