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A groundbreaking book by one of the world's leading historians of Chinese architecture

Translated by Alexandra Harrer.

Fu Xinian is considered by many to be the world's leading historian of Chinese architecture. He is an expert on every type of Chinese architecture from every period through the nineteenth century, and his work is at the cutting edge of the field. Traditional Chinese Architecture gathers together, for the first time in English, twelve seminal essays by Fu Xinian. This wide-ranging book pays special attention to the technical aspects of the building tradition since the first millennium BC, and Fu Xinian's signature drawings abundantly illustrate its nuances.

The essays delve into the modular basis for individual structures, complexes, and cities; lateral and longitudinal building frames; the unity of sculpture and building to create viewing angles; the influence of Chinese construction on Japanese architecture; and the reliability of images to inform us about architecture. Organized chronologically, the book also examines such topics as the representation of architecture on vessels in the Warring States period, early Buddhist architecture, and the evolution of imperial architecture from the Tang to Ming dynasty. A biography of Fu Xinian and a detailed Chinese-English glossary are included.

Bringing together some of the most groundbreaking scholarship in Chinese architectural history, Traditional Chinese Architecture showcases an uncontested master of the discipline.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title, Series Info, Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. vii-xiv
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  1. Preface
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  1. Editor’s Note
  2. pp. xvii-xx
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  1. Chronology of Chinese Dynasties
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  1. Map of China
  2. pp. xxiii-xxiv
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  1. Biography of Fu Xinian
  2. pp. xxv-xxxii
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  1. One: Representations of Architecture on Vessels of the Warring States Period
  2. pp. 1-30
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  1. Two: Reconstruction of Northern Dynasties Buildings Based on Relief Sculpture and Murals in Cave-Temples at Maijishan
  2. pp. 31-78
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  1. Three: Early Buddhist Architecture in China
  2. pp. 79-96
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  1. Four: The Development of Timber-Frame Architecture during the Two Jins and the Northern and Southern Dynasties
  2. pp. 97-139
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  1. Six: Hanyuan Hall at Daminggong in Tang Chang’an
  2. pp. 167-208
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  1. Seven: The Module in Tang Architecture
  2. pp. 209-225
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  1. Eight: Imperial Architecture of Tang through Ming and Its Relation to Other Architecture
  2. pp. 226-252
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  1. Nine: The Problem of Pillar Displacement with Respect to the Characteristics of Song Construction
  2. pp. 253-272
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  1. Ten: Song Architecture in South China and Its Relation to Japanese Great Buddha–Style Architecture of the Kamakura Period
  2. pp. 273-295
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  1. Eleven: Northern Song Architecture in the Painting A Thousand Li of Rivers and Mountains by Wang Ximeng
  2. pp. 296-314
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  1. Twelve: Typical Design Features of Ming Palaces and Altars in Beijing
  2. pp. 315-348
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  1. Glossary
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781400885138
Related ISBN
9780691159997
MARC Record
OCLC
1080549133
Pages
448
Launched on MUSE
2019-01-02
Language
English
Open Access
No
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