This outstanding and original book, presented here with a new preface, examines the history of material culture in early modern China. Craig Clunas analyzes “superfluous things”―the paintings, calligraphy, bronzes, ceramics, carved jade, and other objects owned by the elites of Ming China―and describes contemporary attitudes to them. He informs his discussions with reference to both socio-cultural theory and current debates on eighteenth-century England concerning luxury, conspicuous consumption, and the growth of the consumer society.
"One of those rare books whose every chapter makes you think, often about features of Chinese society that we have too long taken for granted....Inspiring, even entertaining."
About the Author
- Publisher : University of Hawaii Press (June 1, 2016)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 246 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0824859014
- ISBN-13 : 978-0824859015
- Item Weight : 1.82 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.14 x 0.63 x 9.21 inches