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PastimesFrom Art and Antiquarianism to Modern Chinese Historiography$
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Shana J. Brown

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780824834982

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824834982.001.0001

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Antiquarianism and Its Genealogies

Antiquarianism and Its Genealogies

(p.13) 1 Antiquarianism and Its Genealogies

Shana J. Brown

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter discusses the genealogies of Chinese antiquarianism, beginning with an overview of the roots of the pastime in the Song, Yuan (1271–1368), and Ming (1368–1644) dynasties. It then considers art, ritual, politics, and historiography simultaneously in order to understand the complex, ever changing, and sometimes conflicting ways in which jinshi specialists comprehended the material remains of the ancient past. It also examines inscriptions as artifacts of art and history; the attitude towards antiquity as a source of both status and pleasure, and the collection of artifacts as a form of play, during the Ming Dynasty; the use of stele inscriptions as historical sources and Han Learning as a form of textual research; the role of antiquarianism in eighteenth-century historiography; and antiquarians' articulation of new visions of stele calligraphy produced under non-Han regimes.

Keywords:   Chinese antiquarianism, pastime, art, ritual, politics, historiography, jinshi, inscriptions, Han Learning, calligraphy

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