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The Zoomorphic Imagination in Chinese Art and Culture
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The Zoomorphic Imagination in Chinese Art and Culture

Jerome Silbergeld and Eugene Y. Wang

Abstract

The zoomorphic imagination of Chinese artists was inhabited by some animals as carefully observed and rendered as in any scientific study, by other animals bred from sheer fantasy or concocted from various real beasts, representing various divinities or divine diversity, and by still others appropriated to serve as rhetorical substitutes for certain people or social groups. These are eleven in-depth topical and case studies of the thought and culture which permeated animal representations and the representations that in turn permeated their cultures, stretching historically from the Chinese br ... More

Keywords: zoomorphism, anthropomorphism, animal deities, Chinese rhetoric, animal painting, animals in Buddhism, animals in Daoism, Confucian attitudes to nature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780824846763
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824846763.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jerome Silbergeld, editor
Princeton University

Eugene Y. Wang, editor
Harvard University

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