180 pages | 50 B/W Illus.
Intellectually and visually stimulating, this important landmark book looks at the religious, political, social and artistic significance of the Imperial tombs of the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD). It traces the evolutionary development of the most elaborately beautiful imperial tombs to examine fundamental issues on death and the afterlife in one of the world's most sophisticated civilizations. Selected tombs are presented in terms of their structure, artistic programs and their purposes. The author sets the tombs in the context of Chinese attitudes towards the afterlife, the politics of mausoleum architecture, and the artistic vocabulary which was becoming the mainstream of Chinese civilization.
Introduction Part 1: Place, Form and Function 1. Ambition and Archetype 2. Li Xian's Tomb 3. Relative Status 4. Builders and Painters 5. Passages of Rites Part 2: Visions of Kingdoms 6. Palatial Quarters 7. Pleasures and Protocols 8. Courtly Women Conclusion Index
The aim of this series is to publish original, high-quality work by both new and established scholars in the West and the East, on all aspects of the early history of Asia.