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Author Powers, Martin Joseph, 1949-
Title Pattern and person : ornament, society, and self in classical China / Martin J. Powers.
Imprint Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Asia Center, 2006.

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Series Harvard East Asian monographs ; 262
Harvard East Asian monographs ; 262.
Subject Decoration and ornament -- China -- History -- To 221 B.C. -- Themes, motives.
Decoration and ornament -- China -- History -- Qin-Han dynasties, 221 B.C.-220 A.D. -- Themes, motives.
Decorative arts -- Social aspects -- China.
Self-perception in art.
Description 1 online resource (xvi, 374 pages) : illustrations.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 355-367) and index.
Contents Introduction. Graphic patterns and social order -- 1. Style -- 2. Terms of craft -- 3. Abstraction -- 4. Craft -- 5. Government -- 6. Labor, invention, and "taste" -- 7. Craft and political theory -- 8. Ornament and identity -- 9. Bureaucracy and agency -- 10. The politics of personhood -- 11. Patterns, pictures, and fractals -- 12. The laws of nature -- 13. Nature and society -- 14. Identity and possession -- Epilogue. Sources of self.
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Summary "In Classical China, crafted artifacts offered a material substrate for abstract thought, as graphic paradigms for social relationships. Focusing on the 5th to 2nd centuries B.C., Martin Powers explores how these paradigms continued to inform social thought long after the material substrate had been abandoned. In this detailed study, the author makes the claim that artifacts are never neutral: as distinctive possessions, each object - through the abstracting function of style - offers a material template for scales of value. Likewise, through style, pictorial forms can make claims about material "referents," the things depicted. By manipulating these scales and their referents, artifacts can shape the way status, social role, or identity is understood and enforced. The result is a kind of "spatial epistemology" within which the identities of persons are constructed. Powers thereby posits a relationship between art and society that operates at a level deeper than iconography, attributes, or social institutions."--Jacket.
Reproduction Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2011.
System Details Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002. http://purl.oclc.org/DLF/benchrepro0212
ISBN 9781684174294 (electronic bk.)
1684174295 (electronic bk.)
0674021398
9780674021396
OCLC # 857143633
Additional Format Print version: Powers, Martin Joseph, 1949- Pattern and person. Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Asia Center, 2006 0674021398 (DLC) 2006008313 (OCoLC)64624952