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- DescriptionSince at least the early sixth century C.E., ink rubbings of stone, metal, clay tiles, and wood inscriptions and pictorial images have been used in China to make precise copies of culturally valued material. These paper copies sometimes are all that remain of original works that have become illegible through erosion, or that have been destroyed by war or development, or have been rendered inaccessible through events such as flooding resulting from dam construction. Chinese rubbing techniques are used throughout East Asia to create copies that often also are prized in themselves as works of art. Despite the primary importance of this techlogy to history, art, archaeology, printing, and many other fields of kwledge, Black Tigers is the first comprehensive study of rubbings in a Western language, and as such will be welcomed by both scholars and collectors. In Black Tigers, Kenneth Starr recounts what he has seen and learned in fifty years of fascination with rubbings and travels to China in search of the early inscriptions from which they came. The book is a history of rubbings, a guide to conisseurship, and a technical handbook on the materials and techniques used to make rubbings. Now readers of English, with the author as their affable guide, can gain rich insight into a rigorous discipline of classical scholarship, the way in which traditional scholars viewed their world, and some of the exquisite subtleties of Chinese high culture and conisseurship. Black Tigers will be an essential resource for students of Chinese art, history, calligraphy, archaeology, and the history of printing.
- Author BiographyKenneth Starr is the former director of the Milwaukee Public Museum and, earlier, curator of East Asian archaeology and ethnology at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago.
- Author(s)Kenneth Starr
- PublisherUniversity of Washington Press
- Date of Publication30/06/2008
- SubjectFine Arts / Art History
- Series TitleChina Program Books
- Place of PublicationWashington
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Washington Press
- Content Note101 illus., 8 in color
- Weight817 g
- Width4531 mm
- Height6466 mm
- Spine18 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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