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« on: April 02, 2017, 06:56:13 pm »

Dear Members,

I am currently reading Patricia Welch's book on Chinese art and imagery. It topically covers all types of plants, animals, landscapes, religious symbols, etc. I am impressed by its thoroughness, detailed explanations, and large color images for a relatively inexpensive book. Has anyone else read this one?

https://www.amazon.com/dp/0804843163/ref=cm_cr_ryp_prd_ttl_sol_1

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« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2017, 09:17:56 pm »

Hi Brian,

I haven't read this book. It seems  like a great source of information. Thank you for the tip. I will try to find one

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« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2017, 11:42:08 pm »

Neither have I read this one..

If you are looking for a real nice one..  Hidden Meaning In Chinese Art by Terese Tse Bartholomew is really good...
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« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2017, 02:14:13 am »

Dear Brian,
the book has been already suggested here:
http://snuffbottle.smfforfree.com/index.php/topic,2516.0.html
I have both books, this one and the one mentioned by George, and they are completing each other. Different books, both them really helpful.
Still, both them are missing two points that I have searched with no success:
- the motif of 18 deers, one monkey and a spider net.
- the reason why butterflies (at least on porcelain) are always depicted in phantasy way, never representing a real species, as instead happens for birds and mammals.
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« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2017, 03:36:54 am »

Dear Giovanni

This may be part of the answer on the 18 deer, and deer's importance to the emperor:

http://www.quirkybeijing.com/2008/07/12/the-lost-deer-of-china/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P%C3%A8re_David%27s_deer

And this is from Journey to the West:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monkey:_Journey_to_the_West

Don't ask me to speculate how they are related...  Huh Wink
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« Reply #5 on: April 03, 2017, 06:44:09 am »

Dear Pat,
thank you very much. Absolutely interesting to know about the Milu, I didn't know that.
And didn't know about the story "Journey to the West". May be some relation with the fact that in the story is mentioned also a bee. A known Chinese motif is the deer, monkey and bee.
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