Ships of the Silk Road: The Bactrian Camel in Chinese Jade (Hardcover)

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For hundreds of years the Bactrian camel ploughed a lonely furrow across the vast wilderness of Asia. This bizarre-looking, temperamental yet hardy creature here came into its own as the core goods vehicle, resolutely and reliably transporting to China – over huge and unforgiving distances – fine things from the West while taking treasures out of the Middle Kingdom in return. Where the chariot, wagon and other wheeled conveyances proved useless amidst the shifting desert dunes, the surefooted progress of the camel – archetypal 'ship of the Silk Road' – now reigned supreme. The Bactrian camel was a subject that appealed particularly to Chinese artists because of its association with the exotic trade to mysterious Western lands. In his lavishly illustrated volume, Angus Forsyth explores diverse jade pieces depicting this iconic beast of burden. Almost one hundred separate objects are included, many of which have not been seen in print before. At the same time the author offers the full historical background to his subject. The book will have a strong appeal to collectors and art historians alike.

About the Author

Angus Forsyth is an internationally respected collector of, and authority on, Chinese jade. He is also a former president of the Oriental Ceramics Society of Hong Kong.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781781300695
ISBN-10: 1781300690
Publisher: Philip Wilson Publishers
Publication Date: March 26th, 2019
Pages: 200
Language: English