HAA 280K - Biocentric Art in Early China

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2022

Eugene Wang

Artefacts unearthed from ancient Chinese tombs gravitate toward a biocentric universe. Its enabling force is the vital energy (qi or pneuma), which structures the early imagination of both the microcosm of the body and the macrocosm of the universe. The course examines how this qi-centric world works, and how it informs the design and organizational principle behind some monumental projects such as the First Emperor’s mausoleum and Mawangdui tombs.