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Harvard East Asian Monographs 336

Picturing Heaven in Early China

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$79.95 • £63.95 • €72.00

ISBN 9780674060692

Publication Date: 07/25/2011


480 pages

6-7/8 x 10 inches

131 line drawings, 161 halftones, 123 color illus., 4 tables

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This remarkable book readably represents a formidable effort of research, drawing on the rich studies of history, art, and paleography that have accumulated over centuries, and particularly on the last forty years of archeology. Lillian Lan-ying Tseng colligates images that no one earlier has studied side by side, and draws from them quite original conclusions. I find her arguments ambitious, ingenious, and persuasive… They show once and for all that pictures are as important as verbal records for understanding the history of cosmology and astronomy.—Nathan Sivin, Professor Emeritus of Chinese Culture and of the History of Science, University of Pennsylvania

Picturing Heaven in Early China makes an extremely important contribution to the history of Chinese art, culture, and science. Its comprehensive scope and analytical depth, its confident use of both primary textual sources and archeological evidence, its lucid synthesis of a vast array of scholarly literature…and above all, its cogent narrative and conceptual scheme make it the most convenient and reliable go-to volume on the subject.—Eugene Wang, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Professor of Asian Art, Harvard University

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