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    Ancient China: Life, Myth and Art (Paperback) By (author) Edward L. Shaughnessy


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    DescriptionChina is one of the most mysterious and intriguing of all civilizations. It was already a vast empire, some 2,000 years old, when Rome was building to its climax of expansion. Later, Westerners were captivated by China's legacy of dynastic rule that stretched from the dawn of antiquity - from the early Xia, Shang and Zhou dynasties, through the golden ages of the Han and Tang. Ancient China is a beautifully illustrated guide to this illustrious heritage and to its beliefs, rituals and cultural achievements. The book explores and explains China's unique concepts of art, mythology, philosophy, religion, technology and science. It covers the myths of gods, rulers and heroes; practices of ritual sacrifice and ancestor worship; the profound wisdom of sages such as Confucius and Laozi; the spiritual traditions of Taoism, Confucianism and Buddhism; the esoteric world of geomancy and alchemy, of adepts and immortals; advanced forms of medicine and healing; and a wealth of stunning artistry, from silk weaving and jade carving to ceramics and calligraphy.

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    Ancient China
    Life, Myth and Art
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Edward L. Shaughnessy
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 144
    Width: 254 mm
    Height: 254 mm
    Thickness: 12 mm
    Weight: 764 g
    ISBN 13: 9781844831524
    ISBN 10: 1844831523

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1FPC
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    BIC subject category V2: HBJF
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 43
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    B&T General Subject: 431
    BISAC V2.8: SOC003000, HIS008000
    B&T Modifier: Text Format: 03
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 68
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000, ARC005000
    B&T Approval Code: A17600000, A05091500
    DC22: 931
    Abridged Dewey: 931
    B&T Approval Code: A17403600
    LC subject heading: , ,
    LC classification: DS741.65 .S53 2005
    Thema V1.0: NHF, NHC
    Illustrations note
    Illustrations (chiefly col.), col. map
    Imprint name
    Publication date
    30 October 2005
    Publication City/Country