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A source of fascination to the West, China's renowned art objects and traditional manufactured products have long been sought by collectors. Things Chinesepresents sixty distinctive items that are typical of Chinese culture and together present a window onto the people, the history and the society of the world's largest nation. Featuring descriptions and full-color photographs, the history, cultural significance and customs surrounding these objects and their importance becomes clear. Items covered include: Bamboo furniture Ivory carving Snuff Bottle Mooncake moulds Musical Instruments Mahjong sets Fengshui compasses
Ronald G. Knapp has been carrying out research in China's countryside on cultural and historical geography since 1965. He is the author or contributing editor of more than a dozen books, including the award-winning Chinese Houses: The Architectural Heritage of a Nation, Chinese Bridges: Living Architecture from ChinaÆs Past, and Chinese Houses of Southeast Asia.
Michael Freeman began a full-time photographic career in 1973. He has photographed extensively in Asia, both for magazines such as the Smithsonian, GEO and Conde Nast Traveler, and for numerous books. Among these are Japan Modern, Things Thai and Things Japanese.