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Ancient Bronzes of the Eastern Eurasian Steppes from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections.

Emma C. Bunker, Trudy S. Kawami, and Katheryn M. Linduff. The Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, New York, 1997. ISBN 0-8109-6348-5.

Ancient Bronzes of the Eastern Eurasian Steppes, the first major volume exploring this topic, presents the ornaments, tools, and weapons of the steppe peoples. The 279 works are lavishly illustrated and accompanied by diagrams and photographs of recent excavations. This volume also provides full metallurgical analyses of many pieces, along with an appendix of forgeries.

More than 790 illustrations, including 150 in full color, 50 drawings, and 10 maps

Art of Costa Rica: Pre-Columbian Painted and Sculpted Ceramics from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections.

Paul Clifford. The Arthur M. Sackler Foundation and AMS Foundation for the Arts, Sciences and Humanities, Washington, D.C., 1985. ISBN 0-913-291-01-3

This catalogue surveys 182 ceramics and 18 carved stone sculptures from the Guanacaste/Nicoya, Central Highlands/Atlantic Watershed, and Disquis regions produced between 1000 BCE and 1550 CE. An overview of archaeological work in Costa Rica, an appendix of 15 additional ceramics, an essay on the cleaning and conservation of the ceramics, and a discussion of thermoluminesence (TL) testing are included in the volume.

More than 200 color photographs and more than 300 B/W illustrations

Ancient Iranian Ceramics from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections.

Trudy S. Kawami. The Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, New York, 1992. ISBN 0-913291-04-8

Ancient Iranian Ceramics from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections is the first book-length study devoted solely to this remarkable ceramic tradition that spans five thousand years. An introductory essay provides the archaeological setting for these striking works and traces both the artistic and technical developments, including kiln design and the production of early stoneware. An illustrated appendix of forgeries is of particular use to scholars and collectors.

More than 215 illustrations, including 86 plates in full color

Art of the Andes: Pre-Columbian Sculptured and Painted Ceramics from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections.

Paul A. Clifford et al. The Arthur M. Sackler Foundation and the AMS Foundation for the Arts, Sciences and Humanities, Washington, D.C., 1983. ISBN 0-913291-00-5

This catalogue presents 287 ceramics and three mummy bundle false heads produced in Peru from the 4th century BCE to the 15th century CE. Separate essays cover the Chavín; Moche and Vicús; Chimor, Chimú, and Chancay; Nasca; and Tianhuanaco and Huari cultures. An appendix with 91 additional ceramics and two forgeries is included.

190 color photographs and more than 150 B/W comparative illustrations

Shang Ritual Bronzes in the Arthur M. Sackler Collections

(Volume I of Ancient Chinese Bronzes in the Arthur M. Sackler Collections). Robert W. Bagley. The Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, Washington, D.C. and the Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massa

This is the first volume of the three-volume catalogue of Ancient Chinese Bronzes from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections. A comprehensive introduction, the most thorough treatment of Shang (1600–1100 BCE) bronzes in any language, lays the foundation for 104 catalogue entries, many of which explore in great detail specific problems in casting technology, epigraphy, vessel typology, and provincial bronze styles. Ten years in the making, this book is of interest to students of Chinese archaeology and historians of technology, to art historians interested in the process of artistic invention, and to archaeologists concerned with the comparative study of ancient civilizations.

104 color photographs supplemented by rubbings, details, and more than 500 comparative illustrations

Art from Ritual: Ancient Chinese Bronze Vessels from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections

Dawn Ho Delbanco. The Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts and the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, Washington, D.C., 1983. ISBN 0-916724-54-9 (paperbound); 0-916724-55-7 (clothbound)

This is the catalogue of 70 bronze vessels presented in an exhibition in 1983 at the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

65 color photographs and more than 130 B/W details and comparative illustrations

Western Zhou Ritual Bronzes from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections,

(Volume II of Ancient Chinese Bronzes from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections). Jessica Rawson. The Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, Washington, D.C. and the Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1990. ISBN 0-674-95070-4

This is the second volume of the three-volume catalogue of Ancient Chinese Bronzes from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections. Volume IIA gives a survey of early Western Zhou dynasty (1100–771 BCE) bronze type with an emphasis on the dating of shapes and decor, and has appendices covering archaeological sites, inscriptions and technical analyses of bronze samples. Volume IIB is a catalogue of the bronzes from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, with full-page color photographs of each vessel and detailed descriptions and comparisons.

129 color photographs and more than 700 B/W illustrations

Finger Prints of the Artist: European Terra-Cotta Sculpture from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections

Charles Avery, assisted by Alastair Laing. The Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, Washington, D.C. and the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1981. ISBN 0-674-30202-8 (paperbound); 0-674-30203-6 (clothbound)

This volume catalogues an exhibition of 117 sculptures shown at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, between 1979 and 1982. Spanning the 15th through the 20th centuries, the works are presented chronologically by region of origin.

117 color and sepia plates and more than 200 B/W details and comparative illustrations

Eastern Zhou Ritual Bronzes from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections

(Volume III of Ancient Chinese Bronzes from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections). Jenny So. The Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, New York in association with the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., 1995. ISBN 0-8109-3226-0

This is the third volume of the three-volume catalogue of Ancient Chinese Bronzes from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections. In a thorough introduction, Dr. Jenny So gives a detailed account of the history of Eastern Zhou dynasty (770–256 BCE) bronzes, using archaeological discoveries to trace regional and chronological developments and to study the political context in which bronzes were made and used. An especially valuable supplement is a major study of bronze bells coauthored by an archaeologist, Professor Lothar von Falkenhausen of UCLA, and an acoustical physicist, Professor Thomas D. Rossing of Northern Illinois University. Scholarly appendices report elemental composition data on the bronze alloys, lead-isotope ratios, and thermoluminescence (TL) dating tests of clay core material.

90 color photographs and more than 560 B/W illustrations

Piranesi Drawings and Etchings: The Arthur M. Sackler Collection at the Avery Architectural Library, Columbia University, New York

The Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, New York, 1975. Library of Congress Card Catalog Number 75-27736.

This volume presents the 23 architectural drawings and eight volumes of etchings bound in the original publisher’s boards that Dr. Arthur M. Sackler gifted to the Avery Architectural Library, Columbia University, in 1970. An exhibition of these works traveled to several museums from 1975 through 1978.

116 full-page B/W reproductions

Studies in Connoisseurship: Chinese Paintings from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections in New York, Princeton and Washington, D.C.

Marilyn and Shen Fu. The Trustees of Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, 1973 (reprinted in 1976 and 1987). ISBN 0-691-03892-9.

This study of 41 works by 21 artists applies Western art historical methods to the analysis of Chinese painting. Great attention is paid to the historical context, the history of connoisseurship, and questions of authenticity. Copies of well-known paintings are considered side by side, and calligraphy styles are closely examined. The work of Tao Chi, a 17th century master, is given special attention. The volume also includes a glossary of Chinese and Japanese names and terms.

11 color reproductions supplemented with more than 400 details and comparative illustrations