Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 2005. 10.25 x 7.5 inches. 536 pages. Profusely illustrated in black-and-white. Original grey boards; pictorial dust jacket. A fine copy. Item #406507
First edition. "The book examines murals in cave shrines at Binglingsi and Dunhuang in northwestern China and relief sculptures in the grottoes of Yungang in Shanxi, on stelae from Sichuan, and on the Dragon-and-Tiger pagoda in Shandong, among other sites. By tracing formal impulses in medieval Chinese picture-making, such as topographic mapping and pictorial illusionism, the author pieces together a wide range of visual evidence and textual sources to reconstruct the medieval Chinese cognitive style and mental world. The book is ultimately a history of the Chinese imagination" (the publisher).