Having an afterlife, especially a comfortable one is an important belief throughout ancient Chinese history. Families did not want their deceased loved ones to suffer in the yellow springs; a fictional location of immeasurable graves and where spirits congregated. They brought along objects with them to their deathbed so that they are able to continue having them in Read more →
Chinese Buddhist art is a complex collection of icons of deities. Being adherents of Mahayana Buddhism, the Chinese often depict bodhisattvas and the different buddhas, championing salvation for everyone through the numerous deities. Chinese Buddhism was adopted during the end of the Han dynasty 220BCE-220CE, as it entered from India into China via overland and maritime trade routes. This essay Read more →
Chinese Buddhist Art started out as similar representations of prototypes from India, and transformed over time due to the influences of Chinese culture and values. Many new celestial Buddhas and Bodhisattvas were included in Chinese Buddhist Art, extending its focus to others besides Buddha Shakyamuni. From the time period of the Northern Han Dynasty to the Read more →
Topic: Chinese Tomb arts and Shang bronzes
Ancient Chinese tombs are valuable historic evidence of the life in the past. The belief in afterlife prompted the royal family to build tombs as their palaces in another life. All sorts of objects, animals and even human beings were buried with their owners as to provide a comfortable afterlife. Read more →
Buddhism in China initially flourished as a foreign religion, but is adopted as a nationwide religion over time due to strong influence of imperial patronage. This strong relationship between imperial patronage and Buddhism could be seen in Chinese Buddhist art. In this case, Buddhist art could be defined as “representational art that symbolizes various elements of Buddhist mythology or doctrine” Read more →
The Emperors of China did not want their bodies to be alone in the afterlife, which resulted in the creation on Chinese Tomb Art. Chinese Tomb Art served a purpose to give the Emperors a home in the afterlife along with all the aspects from their lives that mattered to them such as servants, objects, wives, pets, guardians and food. Read more →
Question 3: What are Chinese Ceramics? Compare two ceramics found on a shipwreck.
Claim: Chinese Ceramics in the 9th Century were heavily influenced by commercialism and trade trends, especially those with the Abbasid Caliphate and Middle East
Intro –Introduce nature of 9th Century ceramics State claim Point out focus on Belitung Shipwreck as primary focus
Para 1: Why the Middle East dominated the nature of Read more →
Topic: Chinese tomb art & Shang bronzes
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Ancient Chinese tombs are valuable historic evidence of the life in the past. The belief in afterlife prompted the royal family to build tombs as their palaces in another life. Read more →
Question 2: What is Chinese Buddhist Art? Compare two sculptures and address the question of change in art and religion when Buddhism arrives in China. The images need to be from lecture or from the Asian Civilizations Museum
Buddhism not only brought about a change in Chinese art, particularly sculptures, but Chinese art techniques also contributed to the evolution of Buddhist traditions Read more →