ARC 166 — Art and Archaeology of China: Sites, Silks, Porcelain, Bronze, and Jade
Course Format: On-campus course
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Jun 28—Jul 26
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm
Drop Deadline: Jul 11
Instructor(s): Patrick Hunt
Jun 28—Jul 26
Largely unknown and exotic to the West for too long, China has one of the longest histories of any world region. Rich in art and treasured artifacts of civilization, China also has a long tradition of creating unsurpassed ceramics; “miracle” textiles such as silk; high-tin bronzes and advanced metallurgy; stone work such as jade; and also ivory, lacquerware, and many other materials. The course covers artistic and archaeological wonders from the late Neolithic period (Longshan) through Xia, Shang, Zhou, Qin, Han, W-E Jin, Sui, Tang, Song, Liao, Jin, Yuan, Ming, and Qing dynasties, roughly 3000 BCE to the 19th century CE. Some important sites surveyed include Banpo, Erlitou, Yin Xu, and Xi’an. The electrifying 1974 discovery in Xi’an of the Tomb of the “First Emperor” (Qin Shi Huang), who forcibly unified China, is still revealing enormous information on the imperial wealth and power that set precedents for later dynasties. Besides exploring China’s peerless material history, this course includes an optional visit to see Chinese art housed at the Cantor Arts Center. Students will have the opportunity to view Chinese bronzes from the Shang dynasty onward, a wide range of Chinese ceramics from triple glaze to celadon, several jade sculptures, an articulated ivory and metal dragon, many cloisonné masterpieces, and much more.
This course includes an optional field trip to the Cantor Arts Center. The date will be scheduled after the course begins.
Patrick Hunt, Former Director, Stanford Alpine Archaeology ProjectPatrick Hunt has taught at Stanford since 1993. He is the author of seventeen books, including Ten Discoveries That Rewrote History and When Empires Clash. He is a research associate in archeoethnobotany at the Institute for EthnoMedicine, and his archaeology research has been sponsored by the National Geographic Society. He received a PhD from the Institute of Archaeology, University College London.
Textbooks for this course:
(Required) Craig Clunas, Art in China, 2nd Edition (ISBN 9780199217342)