Gugong Museum: GUGONG BOWUYUAN CANGPIN DAXI: TAOCI BIAN 5: SUI TANG WUDAI (ER). Compendium of Collections in the Palace Museum: Ceramics 5: Sui (581-618) Tang (618-907) and Five Dynasties (907-960) (II). Gugong Bowuyuan Cangpin Daxi. Beijing, 2013. 282 pp. Full page colour plates throughout. 200 small colour text plates. 38x27 cm. Cloth.
Volume Five of a beautifully-produced large format series showing the highly-important Chinese ceramics collection of the Gugong Museum in Beijing. An in-depth and representative survey. This volume is Part II of two covering the Sui, Tang and Five Dynasties shows a further 200 superb examples of which Tang (153) and Five Dynasties (47), excavated from sites across China. All illustrated in full page colour plates and with some pieces also shown in close-up detail. The smaller objects are shown life-size, the larger ones life-size or near life-size. This allows true and full appreciation. Dual texts in Chinese and English, including list of plates and captions to plates.
Comparison with the volume on Jin and Tang ceramics in the 'Complete Collection of Treasures in the Palace Museum' (Gugong Zhencang) series (until now the most comprehensive coverage of such ceramics in the Gugong collection) shows a total of 136 Tang examples. Here we have 153 which, combined with the 118 shown in the previous Volume 4 (Part I), gives a total of 271 marvellous Tang ceramics.
There are 47 examples from the Five Dynasties as opposed to the 40 shown in the relevant 'Gugong Zhencang' volume 'Jin and Tang' (which also covers the Five Dynasties).
Thus there is much previously unpublished material in these two volumes. Recommended.
Available, as of: 26/04/2018
Was item 55 in printed List 188.
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