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

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

University of Illinois Press. 6.5 x 9.5", 219 pp., 8 b/w plates, appendixes, notes, bibliography, index, cloth, d.j., Chicago, 1991. (o.p.; gilt lettering on spine, sl wear to d.j., text near fine, Joe Earle's collector seal upper corner of front endpaper). Item #881
ISBN: 025201930X

In this fascinating volume, the author 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, including forgeries.

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