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Ten thousand things : module and mass production in Chinese art / Lothar Ledderose.


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Ledderose, Lothar.
Publication date:
Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c2000.
  • Book
  • 265 p. : ill. (some col.), 1 map ; 29 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 229-251) and index.
  • Acknowledgments vi Introduction 1 1 The System of Script 9 2 Casting Bronze the Complicated Way 25 3 A Magic Army for the Emperor 51 4 Factory Art 75 5 Building Blocks, Brackets, and Beams 103 6 The Word in Print 139 7 The Bureaucracy of Hell 163 8 Freedom of the Brush? 187 Notes 215 Bibliography 229 Glossary of Chinese Terms 252 Index 256 Picture Sources 264.
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Publisher's Summary:
Chinese workers in the third century B.C. created seven thousand life-sized terracotta soldiers to guard the tomb of the First Emperor. In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, China exported more than a hundred million pieces of porcelain to the West. The Chinese throughout history have produced works art in astonishing quantities - and have done so without sacrificing quality, affordability, or speed of manufacture. Lothar Ledderose takes us on a remarkable tour of Chinese art and culture to explain how artists used complex systems of mass production to assemble extraordinary objects from standardized parts or modules. These systems have deep roots in Chinese thought - in the idea that the universe consists of ten thousand categories of things, for example - and reflect characteristically Chinese modes of social organization. Originally presented as a series of Mellon lectures at the National Gallery of Art, Ten Thousand Things combines keen aesthetic and cultural insights with a rich variety of illustrations to make a profound new statement about Chinese art and society.
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The A.W. Mellon lectures in the fine arts ; 1998
A.W. Mellon lectures in the fine arts 1998.
Bollingen series ; 46.

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