The Search for Immortality: Tomb Treasures of Han China

The Search for Immortality: Tomb Treasures of Han China by James C. S. Lin

Title: The Search for Immortality: Tomb Treasures of Han China
Author: James C. S. Lin
ISBN10: 0300184344
ISBN13: 978-0300184341
Publisher: Yale University Press; 1st edition edition (September 25, 2012)
Language: English
Subcategory: History & Criticism
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Pages: 376 pages
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The Search for Immortality: Tomb Treasures of Han China by James C. S. Lin


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The Han dynasty was the first to forge a stable empire governing all of China. It ruled during a golden age that shaped much of the nation's cultural history and development. In an effort to preserve their legacy of beauty and power, the Han created elaborate tombs containing exquisite artistic treasures intended for use in the afterlife. The finest of these treasures to have survived include exquisite jades, bronzes, and ceramics, found in the tombs of the Han imperial family and of a rival "emperor" of Nanyue.

Many of the items, including warrior statues, dancing figures, and priceless jewels—intended to ensure protection, entertainment, and continued wealth and status, respectively—are brought together for the first time in this stunning publication. Featuring newly commissioned photography and essays by leading scholars, this sumptuously illustrated catalogue presents a ground-breaking account of the finest treasures from the Han dynasty.