China has an age-old zoomorphic culture. the 1st Emperor was once famously acknowledged to have had the center of a tiger and a wolf. The names of international tribes have been frequently written with characters that incorporated animal radicals. nowa days, the communist govt usually spoke of Nationalists as “running dogs,” and President Xi Jinping, vowing to quell corruption in any respect degrees, pledged to catch either “the tigers” and “the flies.” wonderfully illustrated with works starting from Bronze Age vessels to twentieth-century conceptual items, this quantity is a wide-ranging examine zoomorphic and anthropomorphic imagery in chinese language paintings. The members, major students in chinese language artwork background and comparable fields, contemplate depictions of animals now not as uncomplicated, one-for-one symbolic equivalents: they pursue intensive, in complexity, and in a number of dimensions the ways in which chinese language have used animals from earliest occasions to the current day to symbolize and rhetorically degree complicated principles concerning the global round them, analyzing what this suggests approximately China, earlier and present.

In every one bankruptcy, a selected instance or subject according to actual or mythic creatures is derived from non secular, political, or different resources, delivering the designated and realized exam had to comprehend the ability during which such imagery used to be embedded in chinese language cultural existence. Bronze Age taotie motifs, calendrical animals, zoomorphic modes in Tantric Buddhist paintings, music dragons and their painters, animal rebuses, Heaven-sent auspicious horses and foreign-sent tribute giraffes, the glorious specimens depicted within the Qing Manual of Sea Oddities, the weirdly indeterminate creatures present in the modern paintings of Huang Yong Ping―these and different impressive examples demonstrate chinese language attitudes through the years towards the animal realm, discover chinese language psychology and styles of mind's eye, and clarify a few of the severe potential and causes of chinese language visible culture.

The Zoomorphic mind's eye in chinese language paintings and Culture will discover a prepared viewers between East Asian paintings and visible tradition experts and people with an curiosity in literary or visible rhetoric.

Contributors: Sarah Allan, Qianshen Bai, Susan Bush, Daniel Greenberg, Carmelita (Carma) Hinton, Judy Chungwa Ho, Kristina Kleutghen, Kathlyn Liscomb, Jennifer Purtle, Jerome Silbergeld, Henrik Sørensen, and Eugene Y. Wang.

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