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Animals in Bronze

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Whether imaginary or real, animals are a recurring decorative element of ancient Chinese bronzes. One of the more enduring animal forms is the taotie, a stylized monster motif with symmetrically arranged eyes, ears, horns, snout, and jaw. Despite its one face, it usually has two bodies that end in coiled tails. Early in the Bronze ...

Bronze Age Casting

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The ability to make bronze tools, weapons, and ritual vessels was such a significant advancement in world civilization that it lends its name to an entire era: the Bronze Age. The skill and resources needed to fabricate bronze were in place in ancient China by 1700 BCE, over a thousand years later than in Egypt, ...

The Liangzhu Culture

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In June 2006, archaeological excavations near Hangzhou, in Zhejiang province, led to the identification of the largest and earliest walled city in ancient China. Located south of the Yangzi River, the enormous settlement has been named Liangzhu after the modern site where evidence of the culture was first discovered in the early twentieth century. Following ...

Liangzhu Jade Bi

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Thousands of jade bi, too large to be worn as jewelry, have been unearthed in elite burial sites associated with the Liangzhu culture. Variations are apparent in the size of the disks, the quality of the stone used, the level of workmanship, and the finish of the bi, yet their meaning, purpose, and ritual significance ...

Freer Gallery of Art Celebrates a “Man Mad About Painting”

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In commemoration of the centennial of museum founder Charles Lang Freer’s death in 1919, and in celebration of the Summer Olympics in Tokyo in 2020, the Freer Gallery of Art will showcase a yearlong exhibition on the compelling career of Katsushika Hokusai. “Hokusai: Mad about Painting” will be on view Nov. 23 through Nov. 8, ...

Ars Orientalis 49

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Art-Historical Art   Introduction: Art-Historical Art Nancy Micklewright The Art-Historical Art of Song China: Citation and Historicism in Tao Yuanming Returning to Seclusion Martin Powers   Su Shi and Zhao Lingrang: Brush Ideas of Wang Wei Alfreda Murck Citing Wang Wei: Mi Youren and the Temporal Dimensions of Landscape Peter C. Sturman   Past, Present, ...

Art Institute of Chicago

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Chinese Art in the Art Institute of Chicago The distinguished collection of Chinese art in the Art Institute of Chicago encompasses the full chronological and material scope of Chinese visual culture from the Neolithic period (circa 6000–2000 BCE) to the twentieth century. Particularly notable are the Buckingham collection of ancient Chinese bronzes ranging from the ...
detail, metalwork bird/drinking vessel

Anachronistic Artworks: Connecting Steampunk to Ancient Chinese Art

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For the past two years, I have been a member of the Teen Council at the Freer and Sackler. At our meetings, we have the opportunity to explore the collections and learn more about the works on view. One of my favorite objects can be related to a quirky genre of modern literature. In gallery ...

Meeting our Mentors

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When you visit an art museum, you might see objects worth far more than your college debt. You might encounter a gaggle of tourists taking selfies or sidestep a security guard who gives you a wary side-eye look. Sure, you could come upon all of these things while perusing the galleries, but have you ever ...