North and South: Chinese Culture Divided (220-617) | Kate Lingley

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    Kate Lingley. Photo by Jonel Jugueta.


North and South: Chinese Culture Divided (220-617) | Kate Lingley


Thursday Jun 23 04:00 PM


Doris Duke Theatre

About the Lecture:

Part of programming related to Art in a Time of Chaos: Masterworks from Six Dynasties China, 3rd–6th Centuries 

During the Northern and Southern dynasties (420-589), China was divided into northern states ruled by non-Chinese sovereigns, and southern states largely governed by Chinese ruling houses. Traditional Chinese history treated the south as native, preserving Chinese culture in exile against the threat of barbarians from the north. However, the reality is far more interesting and complex. Both the South and the North had their own connections with the Silk Roads, the Southeast Asian sea routes, Japan, and Korea, and dynamic relationships with each other. The southern courts at Jiankang received Central Asian diplomats, Southeast Asian tributary missions, and Buddhist monks arriving by ship from India; Northern aristocrats wore court dress influenced by the fashions of the southern states; and the Shandong peninsula became a source of Buddhist art styles transmitted to Korea and then to Japan. This lecture will examine the cultural and artistic connections between South China and the early medieval world in this pivotal period of Chinese history, and the role of both the South and North in setting the stage for the flourishing Tang dynasty (618-907). Free

Kate Lingley (Ph.D. University of Chicago 2004) is Associate Professor of Chinese Art History and Associate Chair of the Art and Art History department at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. Her research focuses on Buddhist votive sculpture of the Northern and Southern dynasties period, with a particular interest in the social history of religious art. She is interested in the social significance of representation, religious practice, and identity—especially ethnic identity in a period in which non-Chinese peoples ruled much of north China. She is currently working on a book manuscript that explores the representation of identity in Northern dynasties Chinese tomb and donor portraits.

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