This is an account of the visual arts of Asia, from the Indus River to Japan and Java, between the fifth millennium BC and AD 1850. This comprehensive fifth edition includes astonishing recent archaeological discoveries. Each chapter begins with a concise historical introduction providing a political and social setting for artistic process and development. The discussions are chronologically structured and cover various mediums, including sculpture and architecture in India and Southeast Asia, painting and ceramics in China and Korea, painting and decorative arts in Japan, and sculpture in religious art everywhere. A general bibliography lists all major works and periodicals in the field, followed by expanded and specialized bibliographies for each chapter. Revised chronologies, maps, a detailed index and a pronunciation guide for the Indian, Japanese, and Chinese names and terms assist the reader. This is an integrated general introduction to its field, and a basic reference work for students.
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