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Week 9 – Asia before 1000 CE
The empire long divided must unite; long united must divide. Thus it has ever been.
–Romance of the Three Kingdoms
Shakyamuni Buddha, from Hebei Province, Later Zhao Dynasty, c. 400 CE
Vairocana Buddha, Longmen Caves, Luoyang, China, Tang dynasty, completed 675.
Yan Liben, Emperor Xuan, from Thirteen Emperors, Tang Dynasty, 650.
*Neighing Horse, Tang dynasty, eighth to ninth century. Glazed earthenware.
*Fan Kuan, Travelers among Mountains and Streams, Northern Song period, 11th C.
Liang Kai, Sixth Chan Patriarch Chopping Bamboo, Southern Song, early 13th C.
Along the River During the Qingming Festival, Northern Song, 11th C.
Meiping vase, from Xiuwi, China, Northern Song period, 12th century.
*Guan Ware, Song Dynasty
Foguang Si Pagoda,Yingxian, China, Liao dynasty, 1056
Terms and IDs
China After the Han Dynasty (“Three Kingdoms,” “Six Dynasties”)
Romance of the Three Kingdoms
Buddhism in China
The Silk Road
Sui & Tang Dynasties
Song Dynasty and the esthetics of Confucianism
Great Stupa of Sanchi, c. 200 BCE – 100 CE
*Buddha Seated on Lion Throne, from Mathura, India, Second Century CE
Ajanta Caves (1st Century BC – 2nd Century CE?)
Vishnu Asleep on the Serpent Ananta, 6th C, CE
Rock-Cut Rathas, 7th Century CE
Terms and IDs
Buddhism – Theravada and Mahayana eras
The Kushan Era (1st – 2nd centuries CE)
Buddhist Rock-Cut Halls and Sculptures
Iconography of The Buddha; The Mudras
The Gupta Period (4th – 5th centuries CE)
Hinduism and the Vedic Tradition
Hindu Narrative Sculpture
*Crown, Hwangnamdong, near Kyongju, Korea, Three Kingdoms period, 5th C.
Korean Buddhas. Seated Maitreya, Three Kingdoms Era (7th Century); Shakyamuni, Unified Silla Kingdom (8th Century)
Vessel, Japan, Middle Jomon period, 2500–1500 BCE. Earthenware, 2’ high.
Haniwa warrior, Japan, Kofun period, ﬁfth to mid-sixth century. Low-ﬁred clay, 4’ tall.
Yakushi triad, Japan, Nara period, late seventh or early eighth century.
*Phoenix Hall, Byodoin, Uji, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan, Heian period, 1053.
Writing Assignment – Part 2
You have carefully described an object plucked from outside the scope of Western canonical art yet, oddly enough, transported into that very temple of the Western artistic tradition, the museum. In the second version of this paper, you will compare it to a work that is within the canon of Western art, in other words, a work from classical antiquity that has something in common with the one you chose to describe.
Please compare the two works. Your essay should focus on their technical and formal properties, building on the descriptive analysis you have already submitted. You should also address the issue of artistic standards. In thinking about artistic standards please consider some of the artistic judgments we have employed in class, for example the canonical preference for Greek over Roman or early Christian art.
Your essay should be 4-5 pages. It should start with the description you have already written, edited and sharpened up, of course, and then proceed to a comparison of your work with the comparison item you have selected.
*4-5 pages, carefully edited.
*Due November 16.