Studies in Chinese Archaeology & Art – Vol II


24 x 17 cm
394 pp. 182 illus.
Publication: 1998
ISBN 0 907132 99 5
ISBN-13 978 0 907132 99 8

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
  • Styles of Mahayanist Iconography in China
  • On Some Categories of Archaism in Chinese Bronze
  • Realistic Style in the Art of Han and T’ang China
  • Divisions of T’ang Decorative Style
  • Nara-e-hon
  • The Chinese Chariot: an Insider’s View
  • Kak Charoen and the Early Metal Age of Central Thailand
  • Tao-chi and the Dialectic of Landscape
  • The City in Ancient China
  • Landscape Elements in the Early Buddhist Art of China
  • The Progress of Archaeology in China
  • The Individuality of the Honan Tradition in the Shang Period
  • Categories of Post-Yuan Decorative Bronzes
  • Iran and China
  • The Interpenetration of Opposites? Pre-Han Bronze metallurgy in West China
  • Textile Decoration in the Edo Period and its Further Implication
  • The Sources and Development of Style in pre-Han and Han Lacquer Ornament
  • Precious Metal – its Influence on T’ang Earthenware
  • Chinese Style in the Paintings of the Istanbul Albums

See also:
Volume I

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