Symbols and Rebuses in Chinese Art: Figures, Bugs, Beasts, and Flowers Fang Jing Pei

ISBN: 9781580085519

Published: March 1st 2004

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224 pages


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Symbols and Rebuses in Chinese Art: Figures, Bugs, Beasts, and Flowers  by  Fang Jing Pei

Symbols and Rebuses in Chinese Art: Figures, Bugs, Beasts, and Flowers by Fang Jing Pei
March 1st 2004 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 224 pages | ISBN: 9781580085519 | 3.56 Mb

Almost every early culture once had a system of symbols that was eventually replaced with a spoken and then written language. In Chinese culture, the evolution of symbols and their meanings took a slightly different and unique path. Rather than theMoreAlmost every early culture once had a system of symbols that was eventually replaced with a spoken and then written language.

In Chinese culture, the evolution of symbols and their meanings took a slightly different and unique path. Rather than the visual symbols being replaced by the written language, in China, the symbols themselves evolved into the written language. In SYMBOLS AND REBUSES IN CHINESE ART, author Fang Jing Pei catalogs the hundreds of symbols in Chinese artistry, and describes each of their meanings. (A rebus is a pictorial representation of a word or syllable.) He explains, for instance, why a depiction of a bat can mean happiness, and why some beautiful images, such as sparrows and pears, are rarely seen.

Using myths, folklore, history, and religion to explore the significance of each symbol, Fang presents a comprehensive understanding of the important role symbolism has played, and continues to play, in Chinese culture.An A-to-Z catalog of the hundreds of symbols represented in the Chinese arts, with images and text to explore their meanings.Includes more than 200 color and black-and-white images of ceramics, porcelains, carvings, lacquers, embroidery, paintings, and wood blocks depicting the various symbols.



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