|DESCRIPTION: During the Chinese Han (206 B.C.- A.D. 220) and Tang (A.D. 618-907) dynasties, earthenware sculptures were placed in elaborate tombs to protect and serve the spirits of the deceased. These fascinating sculptures took the forms of animals, soldiers, courtiers, musicians, merchants, and attendants. “From Court to Caravan, Chinese Tomb Sculptures from the Collection of Anthony M. Solomon” features seventy-three exquisite Chinese tomb sculptures from the Solomon collection, which includes a particularly rich selection of sixth-century pieces. Noteworthy for its focus on unglazed, cold-painted sculptures, this book provides an up-to-date overview of China's wide variety of ceramic tomb sculptures, their place in Chinese material culture, and the influences of the Silk Route trade that they reveal.
This book is the catalogue for an exhibition at the Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Harvard University, 27 July to 15 September 2002. Authors are Virginia L. Bower (an independent scholar specializing in Asian art) and Robert D. Mowry (Alan J. Dworsky Curator of Chinese Art at the Arthur M. Sackler Museum). Yale University Press, 2002; 149 pages, 80 color illustrations, hardcover with dust jacket; ISBN 0300096968; in excellent, like-new condition. DIMENSIONS: 8 7/8” (22.5 cm) x 12” (30.5 cm).