Yale University Press, 2018. 9 1/2 x 12", 264 pp., 305 color and 85 b/w illus., hardcover, New Haven. Item #45309
This fascinating book not only examines the cultural practices surrounding elaborate bronze vessels in their original context, it also provides the first in-depth study tracing the tradition of collecting these bronzes in China. Essays by international experts delve into the concerns of the specialized culture that developed around the vessels and the significant influence this culture had on broader Chinese society. While focusing especially on bronze collections of the 18th and 19th centuries, this wide-ranging catalogue also touches on the ways in which contemporary artists continue to respond to the complex legacy of these objects. Packed with stunning photographs of exquisitely crafted vessels, Mirroring China’s Past is an enlightening investigation into how the role of ancient bronzes has evolved throughout Chinese history.