Tag Archives: China

848: Parinirvana

The Mogao Caves, carved into cliffs near the town of Dunhuang in northwest China, date from the 4th to the 14th century AD and lay along the ancient trade route known as the Silk Road. There are about 500 of them,  … Continue reading

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2001: Crying Landscape

Yang Jiechang: Crying Landscape: Three Gorges Dam (2002)

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19th Century: The Meat-Shaped Stone

This artifact from the Qing Dynasty is a naturally-layered and dyed piece of jasper carved to resemble a piece of stewed pork. It is housed in the National Palace Museum in Taipei.

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1633: Bird on a Camellia Bush

Shi zhu zhai shu hua pu [Ten Bamboo Studio collection of calligraphy and painting] (1633) “This is the earliest Chinese book printed by the technique of polychrome xylography known as douban invented and perfected by Hu Zhengyan 胡正言 (1584-1674). The … Continue reading

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2nd Century BC: The Best Leaders Are Barely Noticed

太上,下知有之;其次,親而譽之;其次,畏之;其次,侮之。信不足,焉有不信焉。悠兮,其貴言。功成事遂,百姓皆謂我自然。 The best leaders are barely noticed. The next best are admired and praised. Poor leaders use coercion and fear, and the worst are despised. If leaders do not follow the Tao, how can the people? The wisest leaders will … Continue reading

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1994: Vase

Ai Weiwei: Coca-Cola Vase (1994)

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2013: 1989

Jojakim Cortis and Adrian Sonderegger create minuature versions of scenes from iconic photographs using scale models and other materials. The image above, for example—which might at first seem to be Charlie Cole’s famous picture of the “tank man” from the … Continue reading

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