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Bower, Virginia, and Robert L. Thorp, "Spirit and Ritual: The Morse Collection of Ancient Chinese Art"

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Bower, Virginia, and Robert L. Thorp, "Spirit and Ritual: The Morse Collection of Ancient Chinese Art"

Bower, Virginia, and Robert L. Thorp, "Spirit and Ritual: The Morse Collection of Ancient Chinese Art"
Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art | 1982 | ISBN: 0870993046 | English | PDF | 91 pages | 14.94 Mb

In 1947, at a time when few Westerners were avidly collecting Chinese art, Earl and Irene Morse made their first acquisition, a ritual bronze vessel dating from the Shang dynasty. That this particular piece is no longer in their collection by no means diminishes its importance, for it ignited the Morses’ interest in Chinese antiquities and served as the impetus for subsequent purchases, many of which are now part of the Museum’s collection. Over the years the Morses’ devotion to Chinese art, expressed through support of scholarship and exhibitions as well as through their personal connoisseurship, has grown. An important exhibition of their Ming and Ch’ing paintings, In Pursuit of Antiquity, was held at the Museum in 1970, and, through their friendship with Wen Fong, special consultant for Far Eastern affairs, their commitment to the Museum continues undiminished.
Foreword
Philippe de Montebello

Preface
Earl Morse

A Primer on the Bronze Caster's Art
Robert L. Thorp

Tomb Ceramics: The Spirit of the Living
Virginia Bower

Vestiges of Buddhist Sculpture
Robert L. Thorp

Bower, Virginia, and Robert L. Thorp, "Spirit and Ritual: The Morse Collection of Ancient Chinese Art"


Bower, Virginia, and Robert L. Thorp, "Spirit and Ritual: The Morse Collection of Ancient Chinese Art"