Sensuous surfaces the decorative object in early modern china the decorative object in early modern china jonathan hay no preview available 2010 common terms and phrases archaistic architectural artefacts artisans bamboo beholder beijing bowls bronze calligraphy cao xueqin carved ceramic china cloisonn . Sensuous surfaces the decorative object in early modern china jonathan hay featuring 250 color images of a wide range of early modern chinese objects and artworks this book will engage anyone with an interest in decoration art china or the experience of pleasure itself. Jonathan hays sensuous surfaces focusing on portable interior decorative objects of the ming and qing periods circa 1570 1840 examines the fascinating yet little explored sensuous surfaces of what the qing taste maker li yu called wanhao zhi wu or pleasurable things. In sensuous surfaces the decorative object in early modern china jonathan hay strives to understand how the human body senses and interacts with ornament or pleasurable things as the essayist and comic writer li yu 1610 1680 put ithay imagines how the hand and eye connected with the shape and texture of a decorated cup or figurine how a moving body experienced an object . Sensuous surfaces is a richly illustrated and in depth introduction to the decorative arts in ming and qing dynasty china jonathan hay explores materials and techniques as well as issues of patronage and taste which together formed a loose system of informal rules that affected every level of
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