Studies in Chinese Archaeology & Art – Vol I


24 x 17 cm
424 pp. 129 illus.
Publication: 1997
ISBN 0 907132 94 4
ISBN-13 978 0 907132 94 3

Book Description

For more than forty years William Watson has occupied a unique place in the study and teaching of Chinese art in Great Britain. Professor Watson’s publications cover a wide field, his command of Chinese, Japanese, Russian and western languages giving access to the fullest literature on his subjects. The colloquies he organized at the Percival David Foundation achieved international repute, with results that remain on record. At the Royal Academy of Arts he took a leading part in the Chinese archaeological exhibition of 1972 which reinstated cultural relations between Britain and China. Also at the Royal Academy he was the instigator and chief organizer of the Japanese exhibition of 1982, in which for the first time the art of the Tokugawa period was comprehensively presented outside of Japan as enshrining the national genius.

The present two volumes collect Professor Watson’s main smaller publications made in the course of museum and university careers. Many are specific studies of works in terms of cultural context, dating and historical significance. They contain mainly writing on Chinese, Japanese and Korean subjects, in particular the bronze art, ceramics and sculpture of the T’ang and earlier periods. Painting is treated in some closely defined topics.


  • Preface
  • The Lathe in Antiquity
  • Ancient Khorezm
  • The Seligman Gift
  • A Grave Guardian from Ch’ang Sha
  • A Bronze Mirror from Shao Hsing
  • Recent Discoveries in Chinese Archaeology I & II
  • A Buddhist Patron of the Refectory
  • Chinese Lacquered Wine-cups
  • The Earliest Buddhist Images of Korea
  • Sung Bronzes
  • A Dated Buddhist Image of the Northern Wei Period
  • A Jade Hatstand
  • An Inscribed Jade Cup from Samarqand
  • A Chinese Bronze Bell of the Fifth Century BC
  • A Chinese Bronze Figure of the Fourth Century BC
  • The Kingdom of Tien and the Dong Son Culture
  • Inner Asia and China in the pre-Han Period
  • Overlay and p’ing-t’o in T’ang Silverwork
  • On T’ang Soft-glazed Pottery
  • The Thai-British Archaeological Expedition
  • Chinese Ceramics from Neolithic to T’ang
  • History and Technological History
  • Traditions of Material Culture in the Territory of Ch’u
  • The Chinese Contribution to Nomad Culture in the pre-Han and early Han Periods

See also:
Volume II

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