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Pastimes: From Art and Antiquarianism to Modern Chinese Historiography

Shana J. Brown


This is the first book in English on Chinese jinshi, or antiquarianism, the pinnacle of traditional connoisseurship of ancient artifacts and inscriptions. As a scholarly field, jinshi was inaugurated in the Northern Song (960–1127) and remained popular until the early twentieth century. Jinshi combined calligraphy and painting, the collection of artifacts, and philological and historical research. The paradox of jinshi is that it was nearly as venerable as the ancient artifacts themselves, and yet it was also subject to continual change. This was particularly true in the last decades of the Qi ... More

Keywords: Chinese jinshi, antiquarianism, artifacts, inscriptions, ancient past, calligraphy, historical research, painting, art, historiography

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780824834982
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824834982.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Shana J. Brown, author
University of Hawai'i at Manoa