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Decoded Messages: The Symbolic Language of Chinese Animal Painting

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During the Ming Dynasty numerous new animal themes were created to convey political and ethical messages current at court. As the result a sophisticated language of Chinese animal painting was developed, employing both the animalsand#8217; symbolic associations and homonymic puns. Hou-mei Sungand#8217;s exciting rediscovery of some of these lost meanings has led to a full-scale investigation of the evolving history of Chinese animal painting.

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Distinct symbolic meanings were associated with individual motifs, but all animals were assigned a place in the universe according to the Chinese concept of nature. From the very early yin/yang cosmology to later developments of Daoist and Confucian philosophies and ethics, Chinese animals gained new meanings related to their historical contexts. This book explores these new findings, using the colorful animal images and their rich and evolving symbolic meanings to gain insight into unique aspects of Chinese art, as well as Chinese culture and history.and#160;

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About the Author

Hou-mei Sung is curator of Asian Art at the Cincinnati Art Museum.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780300141528
Author:
Sung, Hou-mei
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Author:
Sung, Hou-Mei
Subject:
Animals in art
Subject:
Symbolism in art
Subject:
Subjects & Themes - Plants & Animals
Subject:
Asian
Subject:
Collections, Catalogs, Exhibitions - General
Subject:
Art - General
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20091031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
200 color illus.
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
11.5 x 9.75 in 4.5 lb

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Arts and Entertainment » Art » Asia and Far East
Arts and Entertainment » Art » Chinese
Arts and Entertainment » Art » General
Arts and Entertainment » Art » History and Criticism
Arts and Entertainment » Art » Museums and Collections

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