Ancient Chinese Bronzes Weapons Vessels Ritual Magic Wizard Exorcism 70Color Pix

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Seller: ancientgifts (4,777) 100%, Location: Lummi Island, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 381998096467 Chinese Bronzes by Mario Bussagli. NOTE: We have 75,000 books in our library, almost 10,000 different titles. Odds are we have other copies of this same title in varying conditions, some less expensive, some better condition. We might also have different editions as well (some paperback, some hardcover, oftentimes international editions). If you don’t see what you want, please contact us and ask. We’re happy to send you a summary of the differing conditions and prices we may have for the same title. DESCRIPTION: Hardback with Dust Jacket: 158 pages. Publisher: CAMEO / Paul Hamlyn; (1969). The origins of bronze-working in China are mysterious and deeply rooted in ancient Chinese myths. Metallurgy in all its forms seemed miraculous to the ordinary man, and every object, sword or vessel, was thought to possess a spirit of its own. Those who worked with metals seemed to be wizards with supernatural powers, all the more so because the melting operation was preceded, accompanied, and followed by religious ceremonies, exorcism, and magic rites. Mario Bussagli describes the background to the production of Chinese bronzes in fascinating detail, and explains the significance of the different types of ritual vessel and the symbolism of the stylized decoration. The fine illustrations include objects from the Shang, Chou, Han and T'ang periods, and each is described fully in the accompanying notes. CONDITION: GOOD. Hardcover w/dustjacket. Hamlyn/Cameo (1969) 158 pages. Inside there's a Christmas dedication at the lower outer corner of the first free page (the first blank, unprinted page in the book), neatly handwritten in ink. Opposite, affixed to the lower inner corner of the front end paper (the blank, unprinted paper which is the underside of the front cover) is a small, gummed return address label (presumably identifying the owner and gift recipient). The front and back end papers, and the front and back free pages (the first and last blank, unprinted pages in the book) evidence some tan-colored age-spotting. Except for these superficial cosmetic blemishes, the inside of the book is very good; the pages are otherwise (excepting the conditions already noted) clean, crisp, unmarked, unmutilated, and remain very well-bound. Judging by the very light reading wear, I'd guess the book has been read once, perhaps twice, but evidences no significant reading wear. Outside the book evidences only light edgewear to the extremities; i.e., a wee little bit of rubbing and chipping to the corners, dustjacket spine head and heel; but very little, very minor. The edges of the pages when closed evidence some age spotting (known as "foxing"), and some smudging and stains (visible only when book is closed, not to individual pages, only to the mass of closed page edges, sometimes referred to as the "page block"). Beneath the dustjacket the full-cloth covers are relatively clean, but do show some sun/age darkening at the edges (relatively mild), and the spine heel is a bit rubbed. Obviously this book is a long ways beyond the point where it could be described as a "shelf trophy". However aside from the cosmetic blemishes described, the inside of the book is very nice, the pages clean, bright, tightly bound, and except for the gift dedication and return address label relegated to the front end paper and free page, unmarked. If you're looking for a good, clean reading copy of this wonderful reference, and it's relative lack of "shelf trophy sex appeal" is of no consequence, then this is a wonderfully suitable copy at a budget price. Satisfaction unconditionally guaranteed. In stock, ready to ship. No disappointments, no excuses. PROMPT SHIPPING! HEAVILY PADDED, DAMAGE-FREE PACKAGING! #1970L. PLEASE SEE IMAGES BELOW FOR SAMPLE PAGES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEW: REVIEW: Describes the background to the production of Chinese bronzes, and explains the significance of the different types of ritual vessel and the symbolism of the decoration. Illustrations include objects from the Shang, Chou, Han and T'ang periods. PROFESSIONAL REVIEW: REVIEW: This is part of the Cameo series of books on art and antiques originally published in 1966 in Italy. Printed on a heavy coated stock, it includes 70 full color plates. Visually spectacular, it is also a very intellectually gratifying and educational read. READER REVIEW: REVIEW: This is a wonderful, high quality book originally produced in the U.K. and Italy in English for distribution world wide. The full color plates are simply magnificent, and the images are of the most fabulous examples of ancient Chinese Bronze artifacts. Chinese metallurgy of the most ancient periods was far more advanced than their counterparts in Europe. There are spectacular pictures and descriptions of some of the more significant artifacts uncovered by archaeologists. A real visual extravaganza. High quality binding and great color prints! It is a wonderful reference for those interested in the history of art and archaeology, and wonderful pictures for whose who just want to admire the incredible richness of the ancient Chinese civilization. Still a wonderful reference despite being produced in 1969. Truly enlightening with rapturous photographs, this was considered a classic and authoritative source when it was first published, and it remains so today. I always ship books Media Mail in a padded mailer. This book is shipped FOR FREE via USPS INSURED media mail (“book rate”). All domestic shipments and most international shipments will include free USPS Delivery Confirmation (you might be able to update the status of your shipment on-line at the USPS Web Site and free insurance coverage). A small percentage of international shipments may require an additional fee for tracking and/or delivery confirmation. If you are concerned about a little wear and tear to the book in transit, I would suggest a boxed shipment - it is an extra $1.00. Whether via padded mailer or box, we will give discounts for multiple purchases. International orders are welcome, but shipping costs are substantially higher. Most international orders cost an additional $12.99 to $33.99 for an insuredshipment in a heavily padded mailer, and typically includes some form of rudimentary tracking and/or delivery confirmation (though for some countries, this is only available at additional cost). There is also a discount program which can cut postage costs by 50% to 75% if you’re buying about half-a-dozen books or more (5 kilos+). Rates and available services vary a bit from country to country. You can email or message me for a shipping cost quote, but I assure you they are as reasonable as USPS rates allow, and if it turns out the rate is too high for your pocketbook, we will cancel the sale at your request. ADDITIONAL PURCHASES do receive a VERY LARGE discount, typically about $5 per book (for each additional book after the first) so as to reward you for the economies of combined shipping/insurance costs. Your purchase will ordinarily be shipped within 48 hours of payment. We package as well as anyone in the business, with lots of protective padding and containers. All of our shipments are sent via insured mail so as to comply with PayPal requirements. We do NOT recommend uninsured shipments, and expressly disclaim any responsibility for the loss of an uninsured shipment. Unfortunately the contents of parcels are easily “lost” or misdelivered by postal employees – even in the USA. That’s why all of our domestic shipments (and most international) shipments include a USPS delivery confirmation tag; or are trackable or traceable, and all shipments (international and domestic) are insured. We do offer U.S. Postal Service Priority Mail, Registered Mail, and Express Mail for both international and domestic shipments, as well United Parcel Service (UPS) and Federal Express (Fed-Ex). Please ask for a rate quotation. We will accept whatever payment method you are most comfortable with. If upon receipt of the item you are disappointed for any reason whatever, I offer a no questions asked return policy. Send it back, I will give you a complete refund of the purchase price (less our original shipping costs). Most of the items I offer come from the collection of a family friend who was active in the field of Archaeology for over forty years. However many of the items also come from purchases I make in Eastern Europe, India, and from the Levant (Eastern Mediterranean/Near East) from various institutions and dealers. Though I have always had an interest in archaeology, my own academic background was in sociology and cultural anthropology. After my retirement however, I found myself drawn to archaeology as well. Aside from my own personal collection, I have made extensive and frequent additions of my own via purchases on Ebay (of course), as well as many purchases from both dealers and institutions throughout the world - but especially in the Near East and in Eastern Europe. I spend over half of my year out of the United States, and have spent much of my life either in India or Eastern Europe. In fact much of what we generate on Yahoo, Amazon and Ebay goes to support The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, as well as some other worthy institutions in Europe connected with Anthropology and Archaeology. I acquire some small but interesting collections overseas from time-to-time, and have as well some duplicate items within my own collection which I occasionally decide to part with. Though I have a collection of ancient coins numbering in the tens of thousands, my primary interest is in ancient jewelry. My wife also is an active participant in the "business" of antique and ancient jewelry, and is from Russia. I would be happy to provide you with a certificate/guarantee of authenticity for any item you purchase from me. There is a $2 fee for mailing under separate cover. Whenever I am overseas I have made arrangements for purchases to be shipped out via domestic mail. If I am in the field, you may have to wait for a week or two for a COA to arrive via international air mail. But you can be sure your purchase will arrive properly packaged and promptly - even if I am absent. And when I am in a remote field location with merely a notebook computer, at times I am not able to access my email for a day or two, so be patient, I will always respond to every email. Please see our "ADDITIONAL TERMS OF SALE." TRANSLATE Arabic Chinese French German Greek Indonesian Italian Hindi Japanese Korean Swedish Portuguese Russian Spanish Material: Paper

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