In Accumulating Culture, Patricia Ebrey, challenges traditional historiography on Emperor Huizong (r. –) of the Northern Song. She reassesses. Main Author: Ebrey, Patricia Buckley, Language(s): English. Published: Seattle: University of Washington Press, c Subjects: Song Huizong. Download Citation on ResearchGate | Accumulating Culture: The Collections of Emperor Huizong (review) | Zhang Yanyuan (ninth century), one of the earliest.
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Contact Contact Us Help. While Ebrey recognizes that at times relations were strained between Huizong and the scholar-officials, she argues that his catalogues and the View freely available titles: Chapters 6 is about the field of antiquities, mainly the ancient bronze ritual implements like cultjre and bells that are recorded in [End Page ] the cultuer Chongxiu Xuanhe bogutu The revised Xuanhe antiquities illustrated.
Accumulating Culture. The Collections of Emperor Huizong
Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies. University of Washington Press, Whether private or institutional, collecting was inherently complicated by the power relations between Ultimately Ebrey challenges long-cherished views about literati art, suggesting that it was not as outside as twentieth-century scholarship has argued.
The artistic practices the scholar-official generated are now referred to in common academic parlance as “literati culture. Emperorr bureaucrat obtained his prestigious position by demonstrating a mastery of the Chinese follections in the institutionalized civil service examination system. Accumulating Culture demonstrates how Huizong used his collections to negotiate complex relationships with traditional aristocratic members at court while accommodating new constructions of culture.
The new scholar-official, while pledging loyalty to the emperor, also challenged him, and in so doing sought to reform government for the betterment of state and society. Ebrey views these activities as less overtly political than debating policies. Not uncommonly, imperial collecting is interpreted in modern scholarship as a dimension of statecraft, but Ebrey specifically examines it as a medium whereby emperors patronized the educated class and its values.
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Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves. While many traditional and modern historians of Chinese art have focused on the production of literati art, Ebrey’s groundbreaking book seeks to redress this imbalance and considers Emperor Huizong’s contribution to visual culture of the Northern Song dynasty and beyond.
These catalogues were not a mere inventory of positive data listing his possessions, but served to bring together traditional scholars, scholar-officials, and the emperor to discuss culture and inscribe it for perpetuity. In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Celebrated painters of all the dynasties with the pronouncement that, “As for painting, it perfects the civilizing teachings of the Sages and helps to maintain social relationships.
By transforming the civil-service examinations into the primary avenue for attaining positions in government, they established a means for recognizing the accomplishments of scholars; they also enhanced the power of the remonstrative offices, which were populated by members of this scholar-official class.
In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Several Song-dynasty rulers practiced calligraphy, wrote poetry, and personally participated in literati social behavior—by organizing gatherings for viewing books and art, for example.
The maintenance of social relationships seems like an unlikely catalyst for the large-scale collecting in which Huizong engaged, yet in the Northern Song, relationships between an emperor and his officials attained an unprecedented level of contention. View freely available titles: Chapter 5 considers the central role of literati scholarship in the management of imperial collections, with a focus on the Palace Library and its scholar-curators, such as Dong You and Huang Bosi.
This new member of the bureaucracy often came into conflict with the established career official. Three subsequent chapters evaluate surviving catalogs of the imperial collection; by considering how their content and form promoted the collecting ideals and cataloguing methods of scholars in different fields, Ebrey shows that these records were a means by which the court patronized literati.
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Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus. In institutional terms they patronized education by supporting Confucian learning and schools and implementing projects to collate and print books.
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