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The Han dynasty was the first to forge a stable empire governing all of China. It ruled during a golden age that shaped much of the nation's cultural history and development. In an effort to preserve their legacy of beauty and power, the Han created elaborate tombs containing exquisite artistic treasures intended for use in the afterlife. The finest of these treasures to have survived include exquisite jades, bronzes, and ceramics, found in the tombs of the Han imperial family and of a rival "emperor" of Nanyue.

Many of the items, including warrior statues, dancing figures, and priceless jewelsand#8212;intended to ensure protection, entertainment, and continued wealth and status, respectivelyand#8212;are brought together for the first time in this stunning publication. Featuring newly commissioned photography and essays by leading scholars, this sumptuously illustrated catalogue presents a ground-breaking account of the finest treasures from the Han dynasty.

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James C. S. Lin is Senior Assistant Keeper in the Department of Applied Arts, The Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge.

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ISBN:
9780300184341
Author:
Lin, James C. S.
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Subject:
China
Subject:
World History - China
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20120931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
350 color + 120 b/w illus.
Pages:
376
Dimensions:
11.25 x 9.5 in

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