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Visual and Material Cultures in Middle Period China

Editors:
Patricia Ebrey and
Susan Shih-Shan Huang

ISBN:
978 90 04 34898 1
Format:
Hardback
Pages:
334
List price(s):
54.00 USD
47.00 EUR

Publication date:
16 August 2017

Short description: 

Eight studies examine key features of Chinese visual and material cultures, ranging from tombs and ceramics to Buddhist paintings and colophons on calligraphies. The essays connect visual materials to funeral and religious practices, drama, poetry, literati life, travel, and trade.

Full description: 

Eight studies examine key features of Chinese visual and material cultures, ranging from tomb design, metalware, ceramic pillows, and bronze mirrors, to printed illustrations, calligraphic rubbings, colophons, and paintings on Buddhist, landscape, and narrative themes. Questions addressed include how artists and artisans made their works, the ways both popular literature and market forces could shape ways of looking, and how practices and imagery spread across regions. The authors connect visual materials to funeral and religious practices, drama, poetry, literati life, travel, and trade, showing ways visual images and practices reflected, adapted to, and reproduced the culture and society around them. Readers will gain a stronger appreciation of the richness of the visual and material cultures of Middle Period China.

Table of contents: 

Acknowledgments vii List of Illustrations viii List of Contributors xiv Introduction Patricia Buckley Ebrey and Shih-shan Susan Huang Part 1: Making Art in Funeral and Ritual Contexts 1 Modular Design of Tombs in Song and Jin North China - Fei Deng 2 Visualizing Ritual in Southern Song Buddhist Painting - Phillip E. Bloom Part 2: Setting a Scene 3 Dreams, Spirits, and Romantic Encounters in Jin and Yuan Theatrical Pictures - Fan Jeremy Zhang 4 The Ten Views of West Lake - Xiaolin Duan Part 3: Appreciating the Written Word 5 A Forgery and the Pursuit of the Authentic Wang Xizhi - Hui-Wen Lu 6 Zhu Xi's Colophons on Handwritten Documents - Patricia Buckley Ebrey Part 4: Cross-Cultural Transfers 7 Paintings of Birds by Basins - Jie Liu 8 Chinese Objects Recovered from Sutra Mounds in Japan, 1000-1300 - Yiwen Li Index 319

Biography: 

Patricia Buckley Ebrey is Professor of History at the University of Washington. A specialist in Song history, her forays into Song visual and material culture include Accumulating Culture: The Collections of Emperor Huizong (2008) and Emperor Huizong (2014).

Shih-shan Susan Huang is Associate Professor Art History at Rice University (PhD., Yale University). An art historian specializing in Daoist and Buddhist visual cultures, she is the author of Picturing the True Form: Daoist Visual Culture in Traditional China (2012).

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