Thursday, June 14, 2012

Books on Bronzes

This is a selection of books on bronzes:

Maclean Collection, The: Chinese Ritual Bronzes by Richard Pegg and Zhang Lidong. The MacLean Collection: Chinese Ritual Bronzes is the first in the series of books related to the MacLean Collection. This book is arranged chronologically and covers three major historical periods of Chinese bronze history, the Shang, Zhou and Han dynasties, primarily with bronzes manufactured in the central plains of China. Much of the comprehensive information is presented visually through photographs, drawings and rubbings. This exquisite book is sold in a slipcase.

Khmer Bronzes: New Interpretations Of The Past by Emma C. Bunker and Douglas Latchford. This book explores the ways in which the Indic gods appeared on the Khmer sacred landscape, together with new bronze-casting techniques adapted by Khmer artisan metalworkers. These techniques enabled the production of large-scale bronzes in anthropomorphic form to fulfill the sacred requirements of the newly arrived beliefs. Examining the econographic, stylistic, and technical features of khmer imagery in light of many new interpretations of the historical past, the authors seek to provide new understanding of the sacred bronzee imagery. This has long been overshadowed by scholarly emphasis on temples and sandstone imagery.

Gods Of Angkor: Bronzes From The National Museum Of Cambodia edited by Louise Allison Cort and Paul Jett. Gods of Angkor: Bronzes from the National Museum of Cambodia celebrates the accomplishments of Khmer bronze casters and their perfection of skill and aesthetic expression over nearly two millennia. A key focus of the book and exhibition is the museum's Metals Conservation Laboratory, which was designed and equipped with guidance from the Freer and Sackler Galleries' Department of Conservation and Scientific Research. Highlights include the first project to be undertaken by the new laboratory - the treatment of an important cache of seven early Buddhist bronze images, including two works from China, that vividly represent the interactions of artistic styles and religious traditions in Cambodia in the sixth and seventh centuries. Discovered in 2006, the seven newly conserved images will be presented outside Cambodia for the first time in the Gods of Angkor exhibition.

Ancient Chinese Bronzes From The Shouyang Studio: The Katherine And George Fan Collection edited by Peter Lam et al. This volume accompanied the 2008 Shanghai Museum exhibition of ancient Chinese bronzes from the Katherine and George Fan Collection of New York. The seventy artefacts exhibited include very early items, the earliest from the Late Xia (18th-16th BCE) period and the most recent from around the first century CE. Each exhibit is presented with photographs, line drawings and background information. Bilingual in Chinese.

Chola: Sacred Bronzes Of Southern India by Vidja Dehejia et al. Between the 8th and 13th centuries, the Chola dynasty was the dominant cultural, artistic, religious and political force in southern India. The bronze representations of Shiva and other Hindu gods are the most spectacular objects that they created. This extensively illustrated book is the catalogue of an exhibition which ran from November 2006 to February 2007 at the Royal Academy of Arts. Over 40 of these exquisite objects were shown. Full-page illustrations and lavish details of the works reveal the beauty of these sensational and technically brilliant cast bronzes. Three essays by leading experts explore how and why these bronzes came to be made and the role they played within Hinduism and Chola culture.

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