Chinese Art and Archaeology


Mugar Library N7340.W8 2012


Arts of China to AD 900 by William Watson, 1995. Mugar Library N 7343 W38 1995.

Arts of China 900-1620 by William Watson, 2000. Mugar Library N 7343 W382 2000.

Chinese Art: Thematic Essays, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Companion to Chinese Archaeology, edited by Anne Underhill, 2013.  Also available in print: Stone Library Stacks DS715.C557 2013.

Grove Art Online: China.
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Bibliography of the Publications of Kwang-Chih Chang, compiled by Robert Murowhick, Lothar von Falkenhausen, and Chen Xingcam.  This bibliography merges entries from  ”Bibliography of the Publications of Kwang-Chih Chang, 1948-2001,”  published in the  Journal of East Asian Archaeology (Vol. 1, No. 1–4 [1999] Mugar Memorial Library Stacks DS509.3 .J68; Vol. 2, No. 1-2 [2000]; and Vol. 3, No. 1-2 [2001] with some additional citations.

Bibliotheca Sinica. Dictionnaire bibliographique des ouvrages relatifs a l’Empire chinois
by Henri Cordier, 6 vols. in 5, originally published 1904-1924. “Ethnographie et Anthropologie,” pp. 3346-3363, “Beaux-arts,” pp. 3870-3898, “Les Etrangers en Chine” (beginning in antiquity), pp. 3997-4054. Mugar Memorial Library Storage: use request form (Z3101.F04). Various editions are now available via the Internet Archive:  Vol. I (1904)Vol. II (1905);  Vol. III(1906)Vol. IV(1907).

China in Western Literature: A Continuation of Cordier’s Bibliotheca Sinica, compiled by Tung-Li Yuan, 1958. Chapter XVII. “Archaeology and Fine Arts,” pp. 469-516. Mugar Memorial Library Storage: use request form (Z 3101 F58).

Chinese Art and Architecture: An Annotated List of Recent Works in Western Languages
prepared by the Library of the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, 2000.

Harvard Outline and Reading Lists for Oriental Art by Benjamin Rowland, Jr., 1967. Books and articles classified by country or region, then period, then architecture, sculpture, and painting. Mugar Memorial Library Stacks N 7260 F67.

Index to Chinese Archaeological Works Published in the People’s Republic of China, 1949-1965 by C. M. Chen and Richard B. Stamps. Classified bibliography of books and articles with titles translated into English. ICEAACH Library Z 3106 C46.

Index Sinicus: A Catalogue of Articles relating to China in Periodicals and Other Collective Publications, 1920-1955 compiled by John Lust, 1964. Note: “supplementing H. Cordier’s Bibliotheca Sinica & T.L. Yuan’s China in Western Literature.” Chapter XVI: “Archaeology and Fine Arts,” pp. 359-436. Mugar Reference X Z 3101 F64.

T. L. Yuan Bibliography of Western Writings on Chinese Art and Archaeology
ed. Harrie A. Vanderstappen. Lists 2,278 books and 8,954 articles published between 1920 and 1965. Index. Mugar Memorial Library Stacks Z 5961 C5 Y9 1975.

Twentieth-Century Chinese Art Bibliography: General Background by Britta Erickson, Stanford University.


Biographical Sources

Dictionary of Ming Biography 1368-1644, 2 vols., by L. Carrington Goodrich and Chaoying Fang, 1976. Mugar DS 753.5 A84 1976.

Index of Early Chinese Painters and Paintings: T’ang, Sung, and Yuan, by James Cahill, 1980. Includes locations of paintings [as of 1980]. Mugar ND 1043.3 C3.

Index-Dictionary of Chinese Artists, Collectors, and Connoisseurs, by Namcy N. Seymour, 1988. Mugar N 7348 S48 1988.

Index to Reproductions of Paintings by Twentieth-Century Chinese Artists, by Ellen Johnston Laing, 1984. Covers 1912 to ca. 1980. 3500 traditional-style artists with lists of their works reproduced in monographs, books, journals, and catalogues. Mugar ND1045 .L35 1984

Modern Chinese Artists: A Biographical Dictionary, by Michael Sullivan, 2006. Brief entries for 1,800 20th and 21st century Chinses artists. Mugar N 7348 .S85 2006

Twentieth-Century Chinese Art Bibliography: Artists by Britta Erickson, Stanford University.


Boston University Programs

Archaeology Department. Click on courses for Asian listings.

Department of the History of Art and Architecture. Click on courses for Asian art listings.

Cumulus Image Database. Art History Department, Boston University.

ICEAACH. International Center for East Asian Archaeology and Cultural History, Boston University. “The Center’s library of reference materials on East Asian archaeology and cultural history includes over 6,000 books and journals, 12,000 photos and slides, and hundreds of maps. Forming the core of this collection is the extensive personal research library of the eminent archaeologist and scholar of ancient China, Prof. Kwang-chih Chang.”


Find Articles using databases:
indexes to journal articles, books, dissertations, images
ebooks and ejournals

ABIA South and Southeast Asian Art and Archaeology Index, 1996–.

International Institute for Asian Studies. Covers archaeology (pre- and proto-history), historical archaeology, ancient art history, modern art history, material culture, epigraphy and palaeography, numismatics and sigillography. Indexes monographs, articles in monographs, articles in periodicals, and unpublished PhD theses. Geographical areas include South Asia and Southeast Asia, and regions culturally related to these areas, for example: Afghanistan, Uzbekistan,Tajikistan and Tibet as related to South Asia; South China and the Pacific as related to Southeast Asia. To search the index, click on : “Where can you find the ABIA Index ?” Also available in print: Vol. I covering 1996 and 1997 (published in 1999) and Vol. II covering selections from the ABIA Index online through 2001 (published in 2002) at Mugar Reference X N 7260 A25.

Note: Image database.Images from museum and gallery collections.

AATA Online: Abstracts of International Conservation Literature.

…a comprehensive database of over 130,000 abstracts of literature related to the preservation and conservation of material cultural heritage. AATA now includes selected subject-specific bibliographies produced as part of the Getty Conservation Institute’s own conservation and scientific research projects or as part of specific collaborative projects in which the Institute is involved.”

Note: 1984–. Periodical coverage includes English-language periodicals, yearbooks, and museum bulletins, as well as periodicals published in French, Italian, German, Japanese, Spanish, Dutch, and Swedish. In addition to articles, Art Index indexes reproductions of works of art that appear in indexed periodicals. Subjects covered include archaeology, architecture, art history, city planning, crafts, motion pictures, graphic arts, industrial design, interior design, landscape architecture, museology, and photography.

Note: 1929–. Periodical coverage includes English-language periodicals, yearbooks, and museum bulletins, as well as periodicals published in French, Italian, German, Japanese, Spanish, Dutch, and Swedish. In addition to articles, Art Index indexes reproductions of works of art that appear in indexed periodicals. Subjects covered include archaeology, architecture, art history, city planning, crafts, motion pictures, graphic arts, industrial design, interior design, landscape architecture, museology, and photography.

Description: Indexes international periodicalsn on architecture and design, archaeology, city planning, interior design, and historic preservation, and also the publications of professional associations, US state and regional periodicals, and the major serial publications on architecture and design of Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Australia. Expanded coverage includes obituary citations.

Note: 1971–. Includes all subjects (especially humanities and social sciences) pertaining to East, Southeast, and South Asia published worldwide. Users can search and also browse by country/region, by subject, or by journal title.

Most ebooks will be among the results of a BULS search (Boston University Libraries Search). There may be a short time, however, when new ebooks are only accessible by searching the individual collections listed below.  You may search by title or keyword.


Find online and print journals using the Advanced search box.  Or type the title of the journal in the BULS search box.


Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

China’s Museums by Xianyao Li.  3rd ed. Mugar Library Stacks AM 72.A2 L5513 2011.

Dictionary of Chinese Mythology by E.T.C. Werner. Index and bibliography. Mugar Reference X BL 1801 W35 1977.

Dictionary of Chinese and Japanese Art by Hugo Munsterberg, 1981. Includes objects, artists, and legends. Mugar Reference X N 7340 M78 1981.

Encyclopedia of Vernacular Architecture
ed. Paul Oliver, 3 vols., 1997. Asian cultures and habitats are treated in Volume 2. Mugar Reference X NA 208 E53 1997.

Feng Shui. Environments of Power: A Study of Chinese Architecture
by Evelyn Lip. Chapters on traditional characteristics, Beijing, Kanyu of the Gugong, temples, and landscape gardens. Mugar Reference XNA 1540 L544 1955.

Grove art online  Covers the prehistoric era to the present with online updates. Includes biographies of artists, collectors, theorists, critics, and scholars. Extensive survey articles on the culture and civilization of Central Asia, China, and Japan. Updated frequently.

Handbook of Chinese Art for Collectors and Students by Margaret Medley. Mugar Reference X N 7340 M4 1974.

International Dictionary of Historic Places. Vol. 5: Asia and Oceania, ed. Trudy Ring. Lengthy essays on selected sites with illustrations and bibliographies. Mugar Reference X CC 135 I585 1995.



Ancient China: Art and Archaeology
by Jessica Rawson. By period: Neolithic, Shang, Western Zhou, Eastern Zhou, and Han dynasties. General historical survey to 220 A.D. with examples from the British Museum. Mugar Reference X N 7340 R39 1980.

Cambridge Companion to Modern Chinese Culture, edited by Kam Louie.  Also available in print:  Mugar Memorial Library  Stacks   DS775.2 .C452424 2008

Cambridge History of Ancient China: From the Origins of Civilization to 221 B.C.
by Michael Loewe. Mugar Reference X DS 741.5 C35 1999.

Journey into China’s Antiquity: National Museum of Chinese History
ed. Yu Weichao, 4 vols. “Based on the exhibition of Chinese history on permanent display.” Vol. 1: Palaeolithic Age, Low Neolithic Age, Upper Neolithic Age, Xia Dynasty, Shang Dynasty, Western Zhou Dynasty,Spring and Autumn Period; Vol. 2: Warring States Period, Qin Dynasty, The Western and Eastern Han Dynasties, Three Kingdoms through Western and Eastern Jin to Northern and Southern Dynasties; Vol. 3: Sui Dynasty, Tang Dynasty, Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms Period, Northern and Southern Song Dynasties; Vol. 4: Yuan Dynasty, Ming Dynasty, Qing Dynasty. Mugar Reference X DS 735 J68 1997.

Silk Road Seattle a project of the Walter Chapin Simpson Center for the Humanities at the University of Washington, directed by Daniel C. Waugh. Comprehensive links to all aspects of Eurasian culture from the lst to the 17th century A.D.


Internet Links

Archaeology in China, China Internet Information Center

Art History Resources on the Web: Chinese Art, by Chris Witcombe, Sweet Briar College, updated 2008.

Arts of China Consortium (formerly Chinese and Japanese Art History: WWW Virtual Library).

Asia Society: Arts and Culture

Asian Arts , the on-line journal for the study and exhibition of the arts of Asia.

Asian Reading Room , Library of Congress, updated 2007.

Chinese Archaeology, Institute of Archaeology, Chinese Academy of of Social Sciences (IA CASS)

China: Archaeology Research Guide, University of Kansas

Chinese Architecture: Buildings in China, Key Architectural Developments in the Far East, Asia

Chinese Studies Research Guide: Art and Image,  Duke University Libraries. Many photographic sources arranged chronologically.

Chinese Vernacular Architecture, updated 2010. Includes “heritage culture” websites.

Dunhuang Art: through the eyes of Duan Wenjie, book, translated from Chinese, edited by Tan Chung, 1994. See also: Mugar ND2849.T84 T73 1994

Exploring Chinese History: Archaeological Sites, created and maintained bu Richard R. Wertz

The Hedda Hammer Morrison Photographs of China, 1933-1946, 5,000 photographs taken in Beijing, Harvard-Yenching Library.

Historical Architecture of Asia, photographs indexed by country, city, building. Maps. Updated 2007.

International Centre for Chinese Heritage and Archaeology (ICCHA), “a joint association between the School for Archaeology and Museology of Peking University and the UCL Institute of Archaeology, London

International Dunhuang Project, updated 2008. Images of manuscripts, paintings, and artefacts. Maps. Essays and reports.




Chinese Symbolism and Art Motifs: An Alphabetical Compendium of Antique Legends and Beliefs, as Reflected in the Manners and Customs of the Chinese by C.A.S. Williams, reprint of 3rd ed rev, 1941. Mugar Reference X GR 335 W53 1988.

Dictionary of Chinese Symbols: Hidden Symbols in Chinese Life and Thought by Wolfram Eberhard, translation from German. Mugar Reference X DS 721 E32613 1986.

Encyclopedia of Tibetan Symbols and Motifs text and illustrations by Robert Beer. Mugar Reference X N7346.T5 B43 1999.

Illustrated Dictionary of Symbols in Eastern and Western Art by James Hall. Sections on abstract signs, animals, artifacts, earth and sky, human body and dress, and plans. Bibliography and chronological tables. Mugar Reference X N 7740 H35 1994.

Pointers and Clues to the Subjects of Chinese and Japanese Art; as shown in Drawings, Prints, Carvings and the Decoration of Porcelain and Lacquer by Will Edmunds. Re-publication of the edition published in 1934. No illustrations. Mugar Reference X N 7337 E3 2002.

Reading Buddhist Art: An Illustrated Guide to Buddhist Signs and Symbols
by Meher McArthur.  Mugar Library N 8193 M39 2002.


Created by:  Ruth Thomas, Art History and Archaeology Bibliographer