Superfluous Things: Material Culture and Social Status in Early Modern China (Softcover). Craig Clunas.

Superfluous Things: Material Culture and Social Status in Early Modern China (Softcover)

University of Hawaii Press. 6 x 9", reprint ed., xviii, 219 pp., 8 b/w plates, notes, bibliography, index, paper, Honolulu, 2004. Item #29464
ISBN: 0824828208

This fascinating book probes the history of material culture in Ming China, presenting a kind of guide book of taste for a civilization that was surprisingly consumer-oriented. Clunas analyzes "superfluous things" - the paintings, calligraphy, bronzes, ceramics, carved jades, and other trappings of the elites of Ming China - and describes contemporary attitudes towards them.

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