Item #223709 Spirit Stones of China: The Ian and Susan Wilson Collection of Chinese Stones, Paintings, and Related Scholars' Objects. Stephen Little.
Spirit Stones of China: The Ian and Susan Wilson Collection of Chinese Stones, Paintings, and Related Scholars' Objects

Spirit Stones of China: The Ian and Susan Wilson Collection of Chinese Stones, Paintings, and Related Scholars' Objects

Art institute of Chicago / University of California Press, (1999). First Edition. Hardcover. Item #223709
ISBN: 0520220455

112 pages. 7-1/2 by 10-1/4 inches. Published in conjunction with an exhibition presented at the Art institute of Chicago from May 12, August 1, 1999. With black-and-white photo reproductions and notes on dimensions and other details of the stones. First edition (first printing). Minor corner bumps else a fine copy. Pages folded, with text outside folded leaves (pouch binding), wrappers bound with four-hole stitching (paperback). Housed in a fine 3-panel blue cloth case with a paper label on the cover (with a tiny stain) and two peg-and-loop closures.

According to legend, stones have been revered in China since at least the third millenium B.C., when they were presented as tribute to Emperor Yu, a mythical sage-ruler. Stones were prized and collected for display in gardens and, probably, interiors from the Han dynasty onward, and by the Tang dynasty a true literature of stones had appeared. This tradition of stone collecting, which was to find its ultimate expression during the second half of the late Ming dynasty, focused on stones as representations of the universe in miniature, or, more precisely, of the inchoate energies that created the universe. The most treasured stones were those with strange and bizarre shapes suggestive of remote and numinous mountain peaks or of Daoist paradises.

In April 1999, The Art Institute of Chicago presented an exhibition of more than thirty-five of these sacred Chinese stones, along with related paintings and objects, from the Ian and Susan Wilson Collection. The accompanying catalog explores the history of stone collecting in China and the connections between stones, Daoist philosophy, cosmology, garden design, interior decoration, painting, and woodblock printing.

Price: $150.00

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