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HARC0271

Funerary Arts of East Asia

Funerary Arts of East Asia
What is the purpose of a tomb? How do its structure and d├ęcor convey ancient perceptions of death? Who are the occupants, and how did they envision their journey into the afterlife? This course is an introductory survey of the funerary arts of China, Korea, and Japan. By investigating tombs, shrines, sarcophagi, wall paintings, and grave goods throughout East Asia, we will gain a deeper understanding of ancient religions, social structures, ethnic identities, and cross-cultural interactions. Lectures will be supplemented by several visits to the Museum's Asian collections. 3 hrs. lect./disc.
Subject:
History of Art & Architecture
Department:
History of Art & Architecture
Division:
Humanities
Requirements Fulfilled:
AAL ART HIS

Sections

Spring 2014

HARC0271A-S14 Lecture (Laursen)