||Trading places: an introduction to zoomorphism and anthropomorphism in Chinese art / Jerome Silbergeld -- The taotie motif on early Chinese ritual bronzes / Sarah Allan -- Labeling the creatures : some problems in Han and Six Dynasties iconography / Susan Bush -- Representing the twelve calendrical animals as beastly, human, and hybrid beings in medieval China / Judy Chungwa Ho -- The didactic use of animal images in Southern Song Buddhism : the case of Mount Baoding in Dazu, Sichuan / Henrik H. Sørensen -- Evil dragon, golden rodent, sleek hound: the evolution of soushan tu paintings in the Northern Song period / Carmelita Hinton -- Animals in Chinese rebus paintings / Qianshen Bai -- The pictorial form of a zoomorphic ecology : dragons and their painters in Song and Southern Song China / Jennifer Purtle -- The political animal : metaphoric rebellion in Zhao Yong's painting of heavenly horses / Jerome Silbergeld -- How the giraffe became a qilin : intercultural signification in Ming Dynasty arts / Kathlyn Liscomb -- Weird science : European origins of the fantastic creatures in the Qing court painting, The manual of sea oddities / Daniel Greenberg -- Huang Yong Ping and the power of zoomorphic ambiguity / Kristina Kleutghen.
||"China has an age-old zoomorphic tradition. The First Emperor was famously said to have had the heart of a tiger and a wolf. The names of foreign tribes were traditionally written with characters that included animal radicals. In modern times, the communist government frequently referred to Nationalists as "running dogs," and President Xi Jinping, vowing to quell corruption at all levels, pledged to capture both "the tigers" and "the flies." Splendidly illustrated with works ranging from Bronze Age vessels to twentieth-century conceptual pieces, this volume is a wide-ranging look at zoomorphic and anthropomorphic imagery in Chinese art. The contributors, leading scholars in Chinese art history and related fields, consider depictions of animals not as simple, one-for-one symbolic equivalents: they pursue in depth, in complexity, and in multiple dimensions the ways that Chinese have used animals from earliest times to the present day to represent and rhetorically stage complex ideas about the world around them, examining what this means about China, past and present. In each chapter, a specific example or theme based on real or mythic creatures is derived from religious, political, or other sources, providing the detailed and learned examination needed to understand the means by which such imagery was embedded in Chinese cultural life. Bronze Age taotie motifs, calendrical animals, zoomorphic modes in Tantric Buddhist art, Song dragons and their painters, animal rebuses, Heaven-sent auspicious horses and foreign-sent tribute giraffes, the fantastic specimens depicted in the Qing Manual of Sea Oddities, the weirdly indeterminate creatures found in the contemporary art of Huang Yong Ping--these and other notable examples reveal Chinese attitudes over time toward the animal realm, explore Chinese psychology and patterns of imagination, and explain some of the critical means and motives of Chinese visual culture." -- Publisher's description