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Power and Virtue: The Horse in Chinese Art

Robert E. Harrist, Jr.

The horse is a beloved subject and a profoundly meaningful image in Chinese visual culture. It is variously associated with non-Chinese, imperial power, and Confucian virtues. This text explores the contexts in which this noble animal figures prominently, from tomb sculpture to scholar painting, over a period of two thousand years. In particular, it examines the symbolic and rhetorical traditions of horse painting in Chinese art.

Exhibition catalog, 1997. Paperback, 136 pages: ill.
ISBN: 0-9654270-1-3

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