Superfluous Things: Material Culture and Social Status in Early Modern China (Hardcover)

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This outstanding and original book, presented here with a new preface, examines the history of material culture in early modern China. Craig Clunas analyzes "superfluous things"--the paintings, calligraphy, bronzes, ceramics, carved jade, and other objects owned by the elites of Ming China--and describes contemporary attitudes to them. He informs his discussions with reference to both socio-cultural theory and current debates on eighteenth-century England concerning luxury, conspicuous consumption, and the growth of the consumer society.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780824859015
ISBN-10: 0824859014
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
Publication Date: June 1st, 2016
Pages: 246
Language: English

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