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Imperial Tombs in Tang China, 618-907
The Politics of Paradise

ISBN 9780415674928
Published May 10, 2011 by Routledge
180 Pages 50 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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

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Tonia Eckfeld is Senior Fellow in Art History and Asian Studies at the University of Melbourne. She lectures internationally on the art and architectural history of China, India and Japan. She has conducted extensive research throughout Asia, and has received numerous academic awards, including a research fellowship to Harvard.