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Art, Myth, and Ritual

The Path to Political Authority in Ancient China

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$20.00 • £16.95 • €18.00

ISBN 9780674048089

Publication Date: 10/15/1988


160 pages

6 x 9 inches



The general reader as well as the specialist will appreciate the book’s clear discussion of many details, including the description of zoomorphic designs. Chang’s interdisciplinary interpretive approach and well-balanced illustrations make this book an important addition to the study of China’s early civilization.—Alfonz Lengyel, Archaeology

This excellent little book offers one approach to an overall treatment of ancient Chinese society within a time span embracing the Three Dynasties… The picture of ancient China which emerges from this brief yet powerful synthesis is strikingly cohesive.—Léon Vandermeersch, Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies

The value of these short essays lies in their cross-disciplinary perspective, in the freshness of some of the ideas, and in the juxtaposition of the elements of the analysis… [They] result in new perspectives on old issues: especially the roles of myth, writing, and marriage patterns in early Chinese political culture.—Barry Blakely, Asia and the East

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