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.
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).
"Most contributions are of striking vivacity and originality and accompanied by splendid illustrations."
Barbara Hendrischke, University of Sydney,
Religious Studies Review 45 (2019)
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
All those with an interest in Chinese art and material culture as well as specialists in the Tang, Song, and Yuan periods of Chinese history.