"Scattered throughout China, in remote mountain areas, rice fields, school yards and dusty plains, are thousands of monumental stone figures of men, animals and mythological creatures. These sculptures were carved to line the avenues, or spirit roads, leading to the tombs of important people. They encompass two thousand years of history, from the spirit road statue on a Han dynasty tomb in 117 B.C. to figures on the tomb of a direct descendant of Confucius in 1934. In this beautiful book, the first to examine these sculptures in detail, Ann Paludan evokes in word and photograph the strength, beauty, and importance of these spirit road statues."
Book in very good condition, although there is an inscription on the first page, possibly by the author but this has not been verified.