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
A China Program Book. Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration collectiins libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. In institutional og they patronized education by supporting Confucian learning and schools and implementing projects to collate and print books.
Ebrey has situated Emperor Huizong and his mega-collecting activities within this historical environment. 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. 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.
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Without cookies your experience may not be seamless. Chapters 7 and 8 analyze the Xuanhe shupu Xuanhe calligraphy catalog and Xuanhe huapu Xuanhe painting catalog respectively. Ebrey argues that in purpose and form they are accumulaating of the catalogs of things that were the province of scholars: University of Washington Press, 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.
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While Ebrey recognizes that at times relations were strained between Huizong and the scholar-officials, she argues that his catalogues and the Book titles OR Journal titles. Book titles OR Journal titles. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless. 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.
This bureaucrat obtained his prestigious position by demonstrating a mastery of the Chinese classics in the institutionalized civil service examination system. In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Zhang Yanyuan ninth centuryone of the earliest historians of Chinese art, opened his magnus opus Lidai ming huaji. Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus.
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.
Ebrey argues that Huizong amassed his enormous collection of objects as a means to forge social relationships and to announce his cultural authority and political leadership. Whether private or institutional, collecting was inherently complicated by the power relations between Often relations between emperors and scholar-officials were antagonistic, yet some emperors, such as Wang Cultkrecourted reform-minded scholar-officials, vigorously endorsing their policies in efforts to advance both society and imperial authority.
Chapters 6 is about the field of antiquities, mainly the ancient bronze ritual implements like vessels and bells that are huuizong in [End Page ] the catalog Chongxiu Xuanhe bogutu The revised Xuanhe antiquities illustrated.
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. 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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This new member of the bureaucracy often came into conflict with the established career official. Accumulating Culture demonstrates how Huizong used his collections to negotiate complex relationships with traditional aristocratic members at court while accommodating new constructions of culture.
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.
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.
The artistic practices the scholar-official generated are now referred to in common academic parlance as “literati culture. 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.
This is a magisterial undertaking. The Collections of Emperor Huizong. View freely available titles: Ebrey shows how in his partnership with the officials Huizong was making shrewd political calculations in his patronage of the arts. Ebrey views these activities as less overtly political than debating policies. 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.
In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Ultimately Ebrey challenges e,peror views about collectkons art, suggesting that it was not as outside as twentieth-century scholarship has argued. 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.
It also emerges as the key used by this book for interpreting evidence on the influence of scholars on aristocratic collecting practices: