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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

Part II | Convenor: Dr Hajni Elias

Course Description 2023-24

This course covers Chinese art and material culture from the Neolithic period to the present with a focus on dynastic and early modern times.

This paper examines Chinese art and material culture from the Bronze Age to the present with a focus on dynastic and modern times. It provides an object and theme based learning experience, including lectures on important areas such as archaic bronzes, early tomb art, Buddhist sculptures, ceramics, painting, calligraphy and the propaganda art of the Cultural Revolution. The paper explores the making and meaning of Chinese art and how it reflects the culture, religion and philosophy of its period. It also introduces the history of Chinese art collecting in the 20 - 21st centuries and considers current art market trends with an examination of some of the driving forces behind them. Along with a handling session at the Fitzwilliam Museum, there is also a day trip planned to visit the British Museum in London.

Form and Conduct

This paper will consist of twelve questions of which candidates will be required to answer three.


Borrowed by History of Art as their Paper 21 (the History of Art paper number can change from year to year)

This description is subject to change, for the latest information, students should consult the Undergraduate Handbook available on the Faculty Intranet.


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