Buddhist Archaeology in Republican China: a New Relationship to the Past

Sarah E. Fraser

in Proceedings of the British Academy Volume 167, 2009 Lectures

Published by British Academy

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780197264775
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734984 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Buddhist Archaeology in Republican China: a New Relationship to the Past

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This chapter presents the text of a lecture on Buddhist archaeology in Republican China given at the British Academy's 2008 Elsley Zeitlyn Lecture on Chinese Archaeology and Culture. This texxt explains that Chinese archaeologists have transformed the notion of the nation and its artistic history with a series of dramatic discoveries during the Republican Period. It evaluates the impact of archaeological copies painted by Zhang Daqian and Wang Ziyun and explores how they rediscovered and popularised the history of early figure painting and pottery for a Republican audience.

Keywords: Buddhist archaeology; Republican China; artistic history; archaeological copies; Zhang Daqian; Wang Ziyun; figure painting; pottery

Chapter.  12670 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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