China: A History in Objects - the exhibition catalogue from British Museum available to buy at Museum Bookstore

China: A History in Objects

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'A superb introduction to China's past..varied and a tour de force, distilling complex historical phenomena into manageable chunks explored through material evidence' - Art Newspaper

The history of China – told and brought vividly to life through 7,000 years of objects and artworks.

Told in six chapters arranged chronologically, through art, artefacts, people, and places, and richly illustrated with expertly selected objects and artworks, it firmly connects today’s China with its internationally engaged past.

From the earliest archaeological relics and rituals, through the development of writing and state, to the advent of empire, the author charts China’s transformation from ancient civilisation into the world’s most populous nation and influential economy, offering historical insights and cultural treasures along the way. This accessible book presents an eclectic mix of materials including Chinese theatre, the decorative arts, costume, jewellery, and furniture-making, running through to the most recent diffusion of Chinese culture. 

  • Author: Jessica Harrison-Hall, Curator of Later China, Vietnam, and the Sir Percival David Collection of Chinese Ceramics at the British Museum
  • Hardcover: 352 pages | 609 colour illustrations
  • Date published:  November 2017
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-0500519707
  • Product Dimensions:  24.8 x 18.4 cm

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