China: A History in Objects is a beautifully illustrated book exploring the rich cultural history of China, told through the surviving objects that saw it all.
Designed to display the fascinating evolution of Chinese society and promote understanding of Chinese culture amongst a wider readership, the book relies on the specially photographed objects alongside Jessica's expert analysis to stimulate, fascinate and inform anyone interested in one of the most influential regions throughout history.
7,000 years of history is told in an engaging and accessible manner through the eclectic mix of artefacts - from Chinese theatre, the decorative arts, costume, jewellery and furniture making, running through to the most recent diffusion of Chinese culture - all can be found in this sumptuous volume.
From the earliest archaeological relics and rituals, through the development of writing and state, to the advent of empire, Jessica charts China's transformation from ancient civilisation into the world's most populous nation and influential economy, offering the reader a myriad of historical insights and cultural treasures along the way.
Jessica Harrison-Hall is Curator of China and Vietnam in the Asia Department, and Curator of Chinese Ceramics at the British Museum. She is particularly interested in China's global networks, a theme apparent in the global outreach in the curation of this book.