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Tuesday Afternoon Talk - Bony & Fleshy: The Origin of Two Figural Representational Styles in Medieval China (3rd - 8th century AD)

A talk by Li Meitian, Visiting Scholar at the Center for Chinese Studies and Associate Professor of History, Beijing Normal University

Tuesday, March 13, 2007
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
11377 Bunche Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095

The appellations "bony style" and "fleshy style" used here are derived from the comments of the mid-Tang art critic Zhang Yanyuan on two Southern dynasties artists Lu Tanwei, who "got the bony spirit," and Zhang Sengyou, who "got the fleshy spirit." These were in fact two figural representational styles prevalent in the murals and sculptures of the Northern-Southern dynasties and the Tang dynasty. I argue that they originated in the Nanjing (Jiankang) area in South China, which was regarded as the center of orthodox culture after the Central Plain was occupied by nomadic states. They were then imitated, absorbed, and finally accepted as the mainstream styles in the Northern dynasties and the Tang dynasty. This lecture will present the process of the origin and dissemination of the two styles in medieval China as evident in archaeological remains and historical texts.

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Li Meitian (Ph.D., Archaeology, Peking University, 2003) is Associate Professor of History at Beijing Normal University and Director of the Museum of Antiquities at Beijing Normal University.


李梅田——男, 1969 年 7 月生,湖南华容人。历史学博士。 1987 -1994 、 1999 - 2003 年就读于北京大学考古学系(考古文博学院),分别于 1991 、 1994 、 2003 年获历史学学士、硕士、博士学位。 1994 - 1999 年,湖北省宜昌市博物馆工作,任田野考古领队; 2003 年 1 月至今,北京师范大学历史系考古学及博物馆学教研室工作。研究兴趣为汉唐考古、美术考古、陶瓷考古,开设《考古学通论》、《美术考古学概论》、《佛教考古与文化》等课程。


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长江中游地区六朝隋唐青瓷研究,华夏考古, 2000年第4期。

略论南北朝交接地区的墓葬-以陕南、豫南鄂北、山东地区为中心,东南文化, 2004年第1期。

中原魏晋北朝墓葬文化的阶段性,华夏考古, 2004年第1期。

关中地区魏晋北朝墓葬文化因素分析,考古与文物, 2004年第2期。

北齐墓葬文化论析,中国历史文物, 2004年第6期。

北朝墓室画像的区域性研究,故宫博物院院刊, 2005年第3期。

中原北方魏晋北朝墓葬分区与分期研究,北京大学考古文博学院博士论文, 2003年1月。

Richard Gunde

Sponsor(s): Center for Chinese Studies

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