New York: Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, 1995. First edition. Hardcover. Folio. 524pp. Original photo-illustrated dustjacket, white lettering on spine, over brown faux leather with gilt lettering on cover and spine. Decorative endpapers. Color frontispiece.
"The supreme art form of ancient China was the bronze ritual vessel. Kings and nobles offered food and drink to their ancestors in spectacular cast bronze containers which served to advertise the owner's wealth and power no less than his piety... In China ancient bronzes have long been valued as tangible links with a revered past. In the West they have come to be admired as masterpieces of ancient art and technology. The vast collection of Chinese bronzes formed by the late Dr. Arthur M. Sackler ranges over the entire Bronze Age. The bronzes of the Eastern Zhou period, 8th to 3rd century BC, are the subject of this third and concluding volume of the comprehensive catalogue of the collection." (Publisher).
Profusely illustrated with full pare color offset reproductions of bronzes and an abundance of b/w reproductions throughout. Includes four maps and contains appendices on Archaeological Excavations, Acoustical and Musical Studies on the Sackler Bells, Elemental Composition, Lead Isotope Ratios, and Thermoluminescence testing of ceramic cores of bronzes by various authors. Bibliography, concordances, photo credits and index at rear. Fine in jacket. Item #44221