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Seller: Top-Rated Seller ancientgifts (4,751) 100%, Location: Lummi Island, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 382401131660 Gilded Dragons: Buried Treasures from China's Golden Ages by Carol Michaelson. NOTE: We have 75,000 books in our library, almost 10,000 different titles. Odds are we have other copies of this same title in varying conditions, some less expensive, some better condition. We might also have different editions as well (some paperback, some hardcover, oftentimes international editions). If you don’t see what you want, please contact us and ask. We’re happy to send you a summary of the differing conditions and prices we may have for the same title. s DESCRIPTION: Softcover: 176 pages. Publisher: British Museum Press; (1999). Some of the most striking and evocative artistic and archaeological objects ever found in China date from the Tang Dynasty, which spanned three centuries (618-906 A.D.). Regarded by the Chinese as one of their most glorious periods, when their empire was the richest and most powerful political unit in the world, it was characterized by cultural brilliance, territorial expansion and great prosperity. The Tang capital at Chang'an (present-day Xi'an), marking the easternmost end of the Silk Routes, was a great cosmopolitan city, benefiting from the flourishing trade in exotic foods, textiles, furs and fine horses via oasis towns of the Taklamakan Desert. Persian and Turks, Jews and Muslims all lived and worked in the capital, and the eclectic motifs and technical virtuosity of Tang craftsmen is shown in the splendid gold and silver vessels and jewelry found buried in local tombs, hoards and crypts. Buddhism was one of the most pervasive of the many foreign influences, and many precious ritual objects, donated by generations of the imperial family, were recently discovered in an underground palace below the famous Famensi Buddhist temple. This book brings to life a succession of fascinating golden ages in Chinese history, from the reign of the First emperor Qin Shi Huangdi, in the early third century B.C. through the Han (contemporaries of the Romans) to the Tang. An illustrated historical introduction is followed by a catalogue in which every object, some never before seen outside China, is illustrated in color on a page of its own. CONDITION: NEW. New oversized softcover. British Museum Press (1999) 176 pages. Unblemished, unmarked, pristine in every respect. Pages are pristine; clean, crisp, unmarked, unmutilated, tightly bound, unambiguously unread. Satisfaction unconditionally guaranteed. In stock, ready to ship. No disappointments, no excuses. PROMPT SHIPPING! HEAVILY PADDED, DAMAGE-FREE PACKAGING! PLEASE SEE IMAGES BELOW FOR SAMPLE PAGES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEW: REVIEW: This is the first exhibition in a long time to focus on the Tang dynasty, one of China's most glorious periods characterized by cultural brilliance, territorial expansion and great prosperity. Illustrated with the most recent archaeological finds, some never before seen outside China, this catalogue paints a vivid picture of life in the Tang Dynasty, especially in the cosmopolitan capital Chang'an where trade in exotic foods, textiles, furs, and fine horses flourished. Ritual objects of gold and silver, including those found in the underground palace below the Famensi temple, are among the highlights. Each object is described in detail, with an illustrated historical introduction by Carol Michaelson, an Assistant Keeper in the Department of Oriental Antiquities in the British Musuem. She contributed to the award-winning book, "Chinese Art and Chinese Jade from the Neolithic to the Qing". PROFESSIONAL REVIEW: REVIEW: Produced to accompany the exhibition, this work presents a range of once-buried treasures from the 3rd century BC through to the Han and Tang dynasties. This volume presents archaeological artifacts from China exhibited at the British Museum, focusing on the Tang dynasty. Featured items are gold and silver, ceramics, and religious artifacts from the Famen Temple. Magnificent photography, competent and interesting history. READER REVIEW: REVIEW: Buried treasures from China's golden ages. Presents a panorama of Chinese life during two 'golden ages': the Tang dynasty and its predecessor the Han. Over 120 treasures are illustrated in full color. The photography and artifacts are astonishing! And the text is well-written and captivating. What a remarkable publication! I always ship books Media Mail in a padded mailer. This book is shipped FOR FREE via USPS INSURED media mail (“book rate”). All domestic shipments and most international shipments will include free USPS Delivery Confirmation (you might be able to update the status of your shipment on-line at the USPS Web Site and free insurance coverage). A small percentage of international shipments may require an additional fee for tracking and/or delivery confirmation. If you are concerned about a little wear and tear to the book in transit, I would suggest a boxed shipment - it is an extra $1.00. Whether via padded mailer or box, we will give discounts for multiple purchases. International orders are welcome, but shipping costs are substantially higher. Most international orders cost an additional $12.99 to $33.99 for an insuredshipment in a heavily padded mailer, and typically includes some form of rudimentary tracking and/or delivery confirmation (though for some countries, this is only available at additional cost). There is also a discount program which can cut postage costs by 50% to 75% if you’re buying about half-a-dozen books or more (5 kilos+). Rates and available services vary a bit from country to country. You can email or message me for a shipping cost quote, but I assure you they are as reasonable as USPS rates allow, and if it turns out the rate is too high for your pocketbook, we will cancel the sale at your request. ADDITIONAL PURCHASES do receive a VERY LARGE discount, typically about $5 per book (for each additional book after the first) so as to reward you for the economies of combined shipping/insurance costs. Your purchase will ordinarily be shipped within 48 hours of payment. We package as well as anyone in the business, with lots of protective padding and containers. All of our shipments are sent via insured mail so as to comply with PayPal requirements. We do NOT recommend uninsured shipments, and expressly disclaim any responsibility for the loss of an uninsured shipment. Unfortunately the contents of parcels are easily “lost” or misdelivered by postal employees – even in the USA. That’s why all of our domestic shipments (and most international) shipments include a USPS delivery confirmation tag; or are trackable or traceable, and all shipments (international and domestic) are insured. We do offer U.S. Postal Service Priority Mail, Registered Mail, and Express Mail for both international and domestic shipments, as well United Parcel Service (UPS) and Federal Express (Fed-Ex). Please ask for a rate quotation. We will accept whatever payment method you are most comfortable with. If upon receipt of the item you are disappointed for any reason whatever, I offer a no questions asked return policy. Send it back, I will give you a complete refund of the purchase price (less our original shipping costs). Most of the items I offer come from the collection of a family friend who was active in the field of Archaeology for over forty years. However many of the items also come from purchases I make in Eastern Europe, India, and from the Levant (Eastern Mediterranean/Near East) from various institutions and dealers. Though I have always had an interest in archaeology, my own academic background was in sociology and cultural anthropology. After my retirement however, I found myself drawn to archaeology as well. Aside from my own personal collection, I have made extensive and frequent additions of my own via purchases on Ebay (of course), as well as many purchases from both dealers and institutions throughout the world - but especially in the Near East and in Eastern Europe. I spend over half of my year out of the United States, and have spent much of my life either in India or Eastern Europe. In fact much of what we generate on Yahoo, Amazon and Ebay goes to support The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, as well as some other worthy institutions in Europe connected with Anthropology and Archaeology. I acquire some small but interesting collections overseas from time-to-time, and have as well some duplicate items within my own collection which I occasionally decide to part with. Though I have a collection of ancient coins numbering in the tens of thousands, my primary interest is in ancient jewelry. My wife also is an active participant in the "business" of antique and ancient jewelry, and is from Russia. I would be happy to provide you with a certificate/guarantee of authenticity for any item you purchase from me. There is a $2 fee for mailing under separate cover. Whenever I am overseas I have made arrangements for purchases to be shipped out via domestic mail. If I am in the field, you may have to wait for a week or two for a COA to arrive via international air mail. But you can be sure your purchase will arrive properly packaged and promptly - even if I am absent. And when I am in a remote field location with merely a notebook computer, at times I am not able to access my email for a day or two, so be patient, I will always respond to every email. Please see our "ADDITIONAL TERMS OF SALE." Title: Gilded Dragons, Subtitle: Buried Treasures from China's Golden Ages

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