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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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.
Chapters 7 and 8 analyze the Xuanhe shupu Xuanhe calligraphy catalog and Xuanhe huapu Xuanhe painting catalog respectively. In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Contact Contact Us Help.
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Accumulating Culture. The Collections of Emperor Huizong
Ultimately Ebrey challenges long-cherished views about literati art, suggesting that it was not as outside as twentieth-century scholarship has argued. Book titles OR Journal titles. Chapter 5 considers the central role of literati scholarship cu,ture the management of imperial collections, with a focus on the Palace Library and its scholar-curators, such as Dong You and Huang Bosi. 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.
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Without cookies your experience may not be seamless. During the reigns of Emperor Huizong’s predecessors, the Northern Song dynasty had inducted into the coloections, in significant huizony, a new type of official, the scholar-official. The Collections of Emperor Huizong. 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 collectiojs.
Contact Contact Us Help. Whether private or institutional, collecting was inherently complicated by the power relations between 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.
Forged from a partnership between a university press collevtions a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves. A China Program Book. University of Washington Press, 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.
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. 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 huzong his officials attained an unprecedented level of contention.
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. The Collections of Emperor Huizong. Emperors had at their disposal a repertoire of cultural means to build the relationships necessary for a civil rather than a military power base.
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Contemporary scholarship argues that as the scholar-officials gained political 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. Three subsequent chapters evaluate accumukating 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.
It also emerges as the key used by this book for interpreting evidence on the influence of scholars on aristocratic collecting practices: Ebrey has situated Emperor Huizong and his mega-collecting activities within this historical environment.
Accumulating Culture demonstrates how Huizong used his collections to negotiate complex relationships with traditional aristocratic members at court while accommodating new constructions of culture.
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