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Celestial Beings and Fowl-Males: Human Flight in Chinese language Jade


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A sequel to Ships of the Silk Highway, that is an knowledgeable and fantastically illustrated therapy of flying males in Chinese language jade.

Jade collectible figurines depicting human flight are a diverse and expressive manifestation of this most prized inventive medium. Angus Forsyth, a distinguished collector of Chinese language jade, on this guide explores the making within the Center Kingdom (over a 2000-year interval, from the Han Dynasty onwards) of distinctive objects depicting figural motion via the air. He examines the depiction of apsaras (flying angels), kinnaras (man-birds), anthropomorphized fowl headdress ornaments and at last garudas (humanoid birds showing in each Hindu and Buddhist mythology). He reveals how these flying figures got here to be related to veneration of the gods and particular devotional observe. Inspecting a wide range of consultant objects, none of which has been seen in print earlier than, the creator reveals that the unique idea behind flying celestial beings and bird-men originated not in China however in India and the Christianized West, by way of the Silk Highway. A particular attribute of Chinese language artefacts is that, in distinction to their Western angelic counterparts, they typically are wingless. The guide discusses small and bigger jade items alike.

Writer ‏ : ‎ Philip Wilson Publishers (December 22, 2020)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 336 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1781300712
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1781300718
Merchandise Weight ‏ : ‎ 3.32 kilos
Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 8.02 x 1.1 x 10.02 inches

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