Rethinking Recarving; Ideals, Practices, and Problems of the "Wu Family Shrines" and Han China

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  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 2008-12-16
  • Publisher: Princeton University Art Museum

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The "Wu Family Shrines" pictorial carvings from Han dynasty China (206 BCE220 CE) are among the earliest works of Chinese art examined in an international arena. Since the eleventh century, the carvings have been identified by scholars as one of the most valuable and authentic materials for the study of antiquity. This important book presents essays by archaeologists, art and architectural historians, curators, and historians that reexamine the carvings, adding to our understanding of the long cultural history behind them and to our knowledge of Han practices. The authors offer a thorough analysis of surviving physical and visual sources, invoking fresh perspectives from new disciplines. Essays address the ideals, practices, and problems of the "Wu Family Shrines" and Han China; Han funerary art and architecture in Shandong and other regions; architectural functions and carved meanings; Qing Dynasty Reception of the Wu Family Shrines; and more.

Author Biography

Cary Y. Liu is curator of Asian art, Princeton University Art Museum, and coauthor of Recarving China’s Past (Yale).

Table of Contents

Ideals, practices, and problems : the "Wu family shrines" and Han China
Perspectives on the "Wu family shrines" : recarving the pastp. 20
Ideals, practices, and problems of Han Chinap. 52
Han funerary art and architecture in Shandong and beyond Ritual, art, and agency : consecrating the burial ground in the Eastern Han periodp. 78
Concerning the viewers of Han mortuary artp. 92
Que pillars at the Wu family cemetery and related structures in Shandong provincep. 110
The northwestern style of Eastern Han pictorial stone carving : the tomb of Zuo Biao and other Eastern Han tombs near Lishi, Shanxi provincep. 132
Architectural functions and carved meanings
The iconography of the "homage scene" in Han pictorial carvingp. 162
Han Steles : how to elicit what they have to tell usp. 180
Constructing Citang in Hanp. 196
Composition, typology, and iconography of the "Sino-barbarian battle scene" in Han pictorial images (abstract)p. 232
Qing dynasty reception of the "Wu family shrines"
Huang Yi's Fangbei paintingp. 236
Mediums and messages : the Wu family shrines and cultural production in Qing Chinap. 260
Ideals, practices, and problems : a critique of Recarving China's past and responses
The intellectual legacy of Huang Yi and his friends : reflections on some issues raised by Recarving China's pastp. 286
Response top. 338
Perspectives on the "Wu family shrines" : recarving the pastp. 342
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