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Title: Noble Riders from Pines and Deserts: The Artistic Legacy of the Qidan
Description: Hong Kong. CUHK. 2004. First edition. Quarto. Cloth. New. New. 440 Pages, over 300 colour illustrations, text in Chinese and English. This spectacular volume illustrates the important artistic developments that occurred in the steppes and in Chinese territories as a result of the Qidan conquest. It also helps to reveal the complex cultural, political, social, and religious identities of the Qidan people. The eight categories of exhibits  headdresses, textiles, necklaces, pendants, belts, harness and hunting accessories, utensils, and religious objects  comprise over 170 items in metal, amber, jade, agate, crystal, ceramic, and organic substances. The exhibits came primarily from private collections in Hong Kong, including the collections of the Mengdiexuan, the Meadow Spring, the Xiwenguo Zhai, the Jiurutang, Mr. Frank Wu, Mr. Roger Chow, and Dr. S.Y. Kwan. In addition, a number of items are selected from the Art Museum collection. The catalogue contains four introductory essays: Theme and Culture: Murals in Liao Tomb by Harold Mok, East-West Connections and Amber under the Qidans by Xu Xiaodong, "Qidan Silk Costumes" by Zhao Feng, and Repairing Silk Textiles with Traditional Needlework by Huang Lijun and Gary Ning. All exhibits are in full colour plates, and with detailed description contributed by Zhao Feng (China National Silk Museum), Jenny F. So (Department of Fine Arts and Institute of Chinese Studies, CUHK), Lai Suk Yee (Art Museum, CUHK) and the graduate students of Department of Fine Arts, CUHK including Xu Xiaodong, Mao Qiujin, Carmen K. Yau, Cheung Ngai Yee, Ng Sau Wah and Lo Kwan Chi.

Keywords: China chinese silk road history qidan architecture

Price: EUR 80.00 = appr. US$ 86.95 Seller: Meijering Art Books
- Book number: 9351