ARC 166 — Chinese Archaeology and Art
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Oct 11—Nov 15
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Oct 13
Instructor(s): Patrick Hunt
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Registration opens Aug 22, 8:30 am (PT)
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; stonework such as jade; and ivory, lacquerware, and many other materials. The course covers artistic and archaeological wonders from the late Neolithic period (Longshan) through the 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 more.
Patrick Hunt is the author of 24 books and is a lecturer for the Archaeological Institute of America. He received a PhD from the Institute of Archaeology, University College London. Hunt is an elected Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and the Explorers Club, and he is an explorer and expeditions expert for National Geographic. His Alps research has been sponsored by the National Geographic Expeditions Council.
Former Director, Stanford Alpine Archaeology Project; Research Associate, Archeoethnobotany, Institute of EthnoMedicine
Textbooks for this course:
(Required) Craig Clunas, Art in China (Oxford History of Art) (ISBN 978-0199217342)