Superfluous Things: Material Culture And Social Status In Early Modern China

May 31, 2004|
Superfluous Things: Material Culture And Social Status In Early Modern China by Craig Clunas
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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.

Craig Clunas is Percival David Chair of Chinese Art at SOAS, London, and the author of Superfluous Things, Fruitful Sites: Garden Culture in Ming Dynasty China, Pictures and Visuality in Early Modern China, and Art in China.
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Title:Superfluous Things: Material Culture And Social Status In Early Modern ChinaFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:240 pages, 9.1 X 6.1 X 0.9 inShipping dimensions:240 pages, 9.1 X 6.1 X 0.9 inPublished:May 31, 2004Publisher:University of Hawaii PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0824828208

ISBN - 13:9780824828202

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