Clothed to Rule the Universe: Ming to Qing Dynasty Textiles at the Art Institute of Chicago
Clothed to Rule the Universe: Ming to Qing Dynasty Textiles at the Art Institute of Chicago (Amazon.com)
John E. Vollmer
Publisher University of Washington Press 2000. Paperback 104 pages.
Plot by Amazon.com: Both resplendent works of art and instruments of celestial order, luxury textiles were used to bind traditional Chinese societies together by reinforcing social and sacred hierarchies at the imperial court, within the home, and in a wide variety of ritual settings. This stunning book is the first publication devoted entirely to The Art Institute of Chicago's exceptional holdings of Chinese textiles, and is an essential reference source for all those interested in the design and cultural significance of these brilliant artifacts. Richly illustrated with full-color reproductions, this book showcases approximately eighty important objects--including court robes, priestly vestments, and furnishing textiles for imperial palaces--dating from the 17th to the early 20th century. A main essay surveys the entire collection, and is followed by a complete checklist that incorporates full technical data on each piece, and offers brief, engaging entries on individual works. Also included is an essay exploring the fascinating history of Chinese-textile collecting in Chicago.
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