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Class Name :

Class Date :

October 03 - October 17

Meeting Times :

Tue 2-4pm (3 sessions)

Class Location :

Community Room

Instructor :

Aaron Reich

Price :


Registration begins August 1 at 10am

About this Class:

Burial Art in Early China • AHAR173W02

This short lecture series explores burial art from early China across three specific sites. In the first week, we examine one of China's best-known burial sites, the tomb of the First Emperor, with a focus on the Terracotta Army. By looking closely at these sculptures’ individual details, this lecture questions how to understand the status of these objects in the context of early imperial views of the afterlife. In the next two weeks, we compare two burial sites that offer alternative solutions to a primary concern for early tomb design: should a burial tomb assist the deceased in ascending to Heaven, or should it instead provide the deceased with an ideal, eternal residence? Learn how burial art in early China performed critical functions, capable of effecting changes in realms far beyond the mundane world.

Week 1: The Necropolis of the First Emperor

Week 2: Ascending to Heaven: The Tomb of Lady Dai

Week 3: Staying in the Tomb: The Tomb of Liu Sheng

Detail of Funeral banner of Lady Dai (Xin Zhui), Hunan Provincial Museum

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