EASTERN ZHOU RITUAL BRONZES From the Arthur M. Sackler Collection, by Jenny So, c. 1995, concludes a major project to catalogue the Sackler Collection. Standards in the field, these volumes are a monument to Dr. Sackler's love for China and its artistic heritage and his dedication to furthering Western understanding. The supreme art of ancient China was the bronze ritual vessel. Kings and nobles offered food and drink to their ancestors in spectacular cast bronze containers which served to advertise the owner's wealth and power no less than his piety. Many of these bronzes eventually found their way into the tombs of their owners, where they lay undisturbed for centuries or millenia until accidental discovery or the archaeologist's spade brought them once more to light. In China ancient bronzes have long been valued as tangible links with a revered past. In the West they have come to be admired as masterpieces of ancient art and technology. Condition is like new. 524 pp., 86 color and black-and-white illustrations. This large book measures about 14" x 11" x 1.5" and weighs about 10 lbs. Insured shipping at cost.