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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Accumulating Culture. The Collections of Emperor Huizong
View freely available titles: 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. Whether private or institutional, collecting was inherently complicated by the power relations between Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus. Project MUSE Mission Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.
Accumulating Culture demonstrates how Huizong used his collections to negotiate complex relationships with traditional aristocratic members at court while accommodating new constructions of culture. For example, members of opposing factions were brought together at cultural social events in the palace library, at private parties in his rarefied chambers, and at royal banquets, designed to replicate Zhou dynasty ceremonial dinners in his grand clarity edifice in order to view and discuss Huizong’s collection.
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Ebrey views these activities as culturf overtly political than debating policies. In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Project MUSE Mission Project MUSE promotes culthre creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.
Contemporary scholarship argues that as the scholar-officials gained fulture power, they articulated their identity, not through wholesale replication of court culture, but through alternative artistic practices that were often defined against imperial production and were a means to challenge it.
The latter, like the Chinese emperor himself, had inherited his elevated rank through aristocratic lineage and [End Page 98] was generally seen as part of the imperium.
University of Washington Press, Several Song-dynasty rulers practiced calligraphy, wrote poetry, and personally participated in literati social behavior—by organizing gatherings for viewing books cultute art, for example.
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. While Ebrey recognizes that at times relations were strained between Huizong and the scholar-officials, she argues that his catalogues and the Ebrey argues that Hyizong amassed his enormous collection tge objects as a means to forge social relationships and to announce his cultural authority and political leadership.
Emperors had at their disposal a repertoire of cultural means to build the relationships necessary for a civil huizomg than a military power base. Chapters 7 and 8 analyze the Xuanhe shupu Xuanhe calligraphy catalog and Xuanhe huapu Xuanhe painting catalog respectively. Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community accumulatkng serves.
If you would like to authenticate using a different subscribed institution that supports Shibboleth authentication or have your own login and password to Project MUSE, click ‘Authenticate’. Zhang Yanyuan ninth centuryone of the earliest historians of Chinese art, opened his magnus opus Lidai ming huaji.
View freely available titles: This new member of the bureaucracy often came into conflict with the established career official. This bureaucrat obtained his prestigious position by demonstrating a mastery of the Chinese classics in the institutionalized civil service examination system.
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.
The emperoor 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.
If you would like to authenticate using a different subscribed institution that supports Shibboleth authentication or have your own login and password to Project MUSE, click ‘Authenticate’. For Ebrey, Emperor Huizong was not merely a collector—he was the definition of culture, a political agent who, in addition to consuming art objects, also actively commissioned catalogues of his collections. Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.
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. The Collections of Emperor Huizong. The Collections of Emperor Huizong. Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus. Contact Contact Us Help. This is a magisterial undertaking. 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.
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. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless.
Ebrey has situated Emperor Huizong and his mega-collecting activities within this historical environment. In institutional terms they patronized education by supporting Confucian learning and schools and implementing projects to collate and print books. In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Often relations between emperors and scholar-officials were antagonistic, yet some emperors, such as Wang Anshicourted reform-minded scholar-officials, vigorously endorsing their policies in efforts to advance both society and imperial authority.
Ebrey shows how in his partnership with the officials Huizong was making shrewd political calculations in his patronage of the arts. Ebrey argues that in purpose and form they are reminiscent of the catalogs of things that were the province of scholars: Book titles OR Journal titles. Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies. 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. It also emerges as the key used by this book for interpreting evidence on the influence of scholars on aristocratic collecting practices: 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.
During the reigns of Emperor Huizong’s predecessors, the Northern Song dynasty had inducted into the bureaucracy, in significant numbers, a new type of official, the scholar-official.
Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.