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Title Memory and agency in ancient China : shaping the life history of objects / edited by Francis Allard, Yan Sun, Kathryn M. Linduff
Published Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2018


Description 1 online resource (xx, 290 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents Introduction: memory and agency in ancient China: shaping the life histories of objects / Francis Allard, Yan Sun and Katheryn M. Linduff -- Memory, amnesia and the formation of identity symbols in China / Gideon Shelach -- The lives of shovels and bells in early south China: memory, ritual and the power of destination / Francis Allard -- The whole and fragmented lives of jade objects from late Neolithic middle Yangzi River burials (ca. 2000 BC) / Sascha Priewe -- The social life of salt in ancient China from the late Neolithic to the Han Dynasty / Pochan Chen -- A divergent life history of bronze willow-leaf-shaped swords of western Zhou China from 11th to C. 10th centuries BCE / Yan Sun -- Bird-pillar basins and cylindrical vessels: object lineage in ancient China / Xiaolong Wu -- Toiletries and the production of social memory from the warring states through the Han (4th C. BCE-3rd C. CE) / Sheri Lullo -- A biographical approach to the study of the mounted archer motif during the Han Dynasty / Leslie Wallace -- Dynamic between form and material: the bi disc in Western Han noble burial ritual / Eileen Lam -- Crossing the Taiwan strait: contextualizing and re-contextualizing Taiwan aboriginal objects (1895-1980) / Du Hui -- Artifacts that invoke the aura and authority of the ancient / Katheryn M. Linduff
Summary "Memory and Agency in Ancient China offers a novel perspective on China's material culture. The volume explores the complex 'life histories' of selected objects, whose trajectories as ginle objects ('biographies') and object types ('lineages') cut across both temporal and physical space. The essays, written by a team of international scholars, analyse the objects in an effort to understand how they were shaped by the constraints of their social, political and aesthetic contexts, just as they were also guided by individual preference and capricious memory. They also demonstrate how objects were capable of effecting change"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Material culture -- China -- History
HISTORY -- Asia -- China.
Material culture.
China -- Civilization.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
Author Allard, Francis, 1959- editor.
Sun, Yan, 1970- editor.
Linduff, Katheryn M., editor
ISBN 9781108665995