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A History of Far Eastern Art (5th Edition) Hardcover – February 1, 1994


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This extensively-illustrated, comprehensive survey history of ALL of Far Eastern art -- from 5000 B.C. to A.D. 1860 -- follows a chronological, geographical/cultural, medium organization throughout. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 5 edition (February 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810934140
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810934146
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 9.2 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,490,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book is boring and does not include much insight about the art, very technical and dry.
Michal Ezekiel
This book will not make you an expert on Asian art, but you'll be able to schmooze your way through at pretentious cocktail parties without any effort.
Maggie N.
I needed this book for my Asian art history class and still have it because the photos and information are beautiful and easy to read and comprehend.
Ai Designs

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72 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Joe the Critic on March 10, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I'm reading this book for an Asian Art class, and I find it has both significant strengths and significant weaknesses.
Its major strength is the integrated approach: Sherman Lee organizes the book chronologically and thematically, rather than geographically. Instead of writing a section on Chinese art and a section on Indian art, Lee organizes his material by stage of development (Stone Age pottery) or by cultural movement (Buddhism), for example tracing the development of Buddhist styles in India, the adoption of those styles in China, Japan, and S.E. Asia, and the eventual synthesis of the Indian influences into local styles incorporating indigenous themes. Lee writes eloquently and even passionately about his subject, letting us know which cultures, styles, and artworks he admires. He covers a vast amount of cultures and time periods, easily enough material for dozens of books.
The book does have significant flaws, however. Most frustrating are the black and white photos (presumably a cost-saving measure). Roughly 90% of the images in the book are black and white, and they cannot do justice to most of the subject matter. A second weakness is Lee's writing style, which is sometimes more eloquent than comprehensible. At times I had to reread a section several times in order to figure out what Lee was trying to say. He sometimes seemes to be addressing himself to an audience of art critics who are already familiar with the material, rather than students encountering it for the first time. He will tell us that a particular art work is hieratic in style, or is an example of Daoist style, without explaining why. Also the thematic, rather than chronological, approach means that some topics are fragmented into parts of different chapters.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 15, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Sherman Lee guides us through the ages and territories of the Far East in this study. A study of art following a wonderfully coordinated common theme - ritual and religion. Most noteable is the progress of Buddhism from its origins in India, through Southeast Asia, into China, Korea and finally Japan. Respectable discourse on other arts are included in the tour. Good reading and a great survey of the arts of the Far East.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 14, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I used this text in college, in a course on the subject. It pained me immensely to have to sell it back, but I was even more poor then than I am now, and needed the $50. I am now planning to purchase a new copy of it. This book is beautiful. It is full of simply amazing images, the text is clear, concise and accessible. Out of 10 years of undergraduate and graduate studies, I remember this text more fondly than almost any other. My thanks to the author for writing it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shanaynay on May 23, 2012
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I got this book for my Arts of Asia class and it is highly informative but it is rather dense. I think that it is safe to assume that Mr. Lee did not write this with novices to Asian Art in Mind. His writing style is not very engaging and it can be hard to stay focused on the text.
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By Art. K. on December 22, 2012
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The book covers a very interesting topic of Islamic art. Unfortunately, it is not as thorough as I would like it to be, but still, it does a good job of introducing people to the art of the Islamic world.
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By Ai Designs on April 8, 2014
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Another beautiful Asian art history book. I needed this book for my Asian art history class and still have it because the photos and information are beautiful and easy to read and comprehend.
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8 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Maggie N. on August 23, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I was required to use this book as a secondary text for a class on early Asian Cultures at NYU. Along with the material presented in class, this book provided great insight into basics of the Asian culture.
This rather heavy book is perfectly organized chronologically and geographically. It provides great graphical supplement to the study of early Asian art. Many artifacts are portrayed, most with detailed description of their history and origin.
I enjoyed my class greatly and this book provided great help to understanding Asian art. If you are a person who prefers visual aids rather than tons of text and would like to learn the basics of Asian art, I highly recommend this book. The photographs are excellent, and more often then not, actually motivate you to reading the descriptions of the portrayed objects. This book will not make you an expert on Asian art, but you'll be able to schmooze your way through at pretentious cocktail parties without any effort.
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By Epperly on November 5, 2013
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It is a good book, the quality is good , and it is the newest edition. It worths the money.
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