Sources of Han Décor: Foreign Influence on the Han Dynasty Chinese Iconography of Paradise (206 BC-AD 220)

By Sophia-Karin Psarras

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Using archaeological data to examine the development of Han dynasty Chinese art (206 BC-AD 220), this book focusses on the iconography of paradise. Influence from the Chinese Bronze Age is discussed along with a surprisingly profound debt to Greece, the Near East and the steppe.



Chronologies ;
Introduction ;

I: Major Iconographies ;
Chapter 1 Eastern Zhou Context ;
Chapter 2 The Animal Master ;
Chapter 3 Developments Related to the Animal Master ;
Chapter 4 Tree of Life ;
Chapter 5 Animal Predation ;

II: Decorative Elements ;
Chapter 6 Fantastic Elements ;
Chapter 7 Plant Motifs ;

Conclusion ;

Maps ;
Figures ;

Selected References ;

About the Author

Sophia-Karin Psarras is a specialist of the archaeology and political history of China and the non-Chinese during the Han dynasty (206 BC-AD 220). Much of her work focusses on retracing intercultural exchange through material culture, together with an exploration of how that culture reflects the past. Her work has appeared in journals such as Monumenta Serica, Early China, and Central Asiatic Journal; her research on Han dynasty Chinese archaeology was published in Han Material Culture: An Archaeological Analysis and Vessel Typology (Cambridge University Press, 2015).