Chinese Symbolism and Art Motifs: A Comprehensive Handbook on Symbolism in Chinese Art Through the Ages


In Chinese Symbolism and Art Motifs Fourth Edition, scholar C.A.S. Williams offers concise explanations of the important symbols and motifs relevant to Chinese literature, arts and crafts, and architecture. This reference book has been a standard among students of Chinese culture and history since 1941 and, in its Fourth Edition, has been completely reset with Pinyin pronunciation of Chinese names and words.

Organized alphabetically, enhanced by over 400 illustrations, and clearly written for accessibility across a variety of fields, this book explains symbols and motifs. It delves into ancient customs in religion, food, agriculture, and medicine. Hidden insights into the intentions behind works of Chinese craftsmanship and the thorough explanations of each symbol, accompanied by the historical origins from which they arose, will complement your existing knowledge of any area of Chinese culture, or help you confidently explore new topics within the realm of Asian art and history.

This book is in paperback format and measures 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.79 cm.



  • Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.79 cm
  • Weight: 540g
  • Author: Charles Alfred Speed Williams
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing (2018)
  • Pages: 448
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9780804850070