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Author Hsu, Eileen Hsiang-ling,
Title Monks in glaze : patronage, kiln origin, and iconography of the Yixian Luohans / by Eileen Hsiang-ling Hsu.
Imprint Leiden ; Boston : Brill, [2017]

Subject Yixian Luohans.
Arhats in art.
Buddhist sculpture -- China.
Buddhist sculpture -- Expertising -- China.
Ceramic sculpture, Chinese.
Ceramic sculpture, Chinese -- Expertising.
Description 1 online resource (xiii, 269 pages) : illustrations, maps
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 247-262) and index.
Contents The epigraphic and archaeological record -- History of the Liuli glazed ceramics -- The efflorescence of Ming Sancai sculpture -- Iconography: early development and the Guanxiu tradition -- Iconography: synthesis.
Summary Monks in Glaze' is a complete reassessment of the famous group of large glazed ceramic sculptures known as the 'Yixian Luohans'. Drawing upon hitherto-unknown epigraphic documents, Eileen Hsiang-ling Hsu proposes a new date (1511-1519) for the group's production and, for the first time, identifies the kiln centre near Beijing as its birthplace. Removed more than one hundred years ago from a massive grotto in northern China, the group's provenance disappeared after its dispersal between 1913 and 1933. Delving into the social and economic issues of religious patronage, imperial workshop practice, and nuanced style of post-Yuan Buddhist art, Hsu convincingly shows that such a large group of masterworks were products of well-developed commercial economy of the Ming dynasty.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9789004335868 (electronic bk.)
9004335862 (electronic bk.)
9789004335844 (hardback ; alk. paper)
9004335846 (hardback ; alk. paper)
OCLC # 966183367
Additional Format Print version: Hsu, Eileen Hsiang-ling. Monks in glaze. Leiden ; Boston : Brill, [2017] 9789004335844 (DLC) 2016032819 (OCoLC)954038064.