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  • Pic. 1: Carved Tomb Panel from the sarcophagus of Yu Hong’s tomb. The twelfth year of the Kaihuang period of Sui Dynasty (592) Unearthed in 1999 from the tomb of Yu Hong at Wangguo village in Taiyuan, Shanxi Province Shanxi Museum 8

    Responses to Chaos: Art, Religion and Literature in Six Dynasties China (221 to 581 CE)

    Unless specially noted, all photos are credited to China Institute Gallery, Art in a Time of Chaos: Masterworks from Six Dynasties China, 3rd-6th Centuries, on […]

  • The Silk Roads in Central Asia, Showing Ancient Kingdoms and Empires 1

    From Silk To Oil

    Travel the deserts and mountain passes of Central Asia with From Silk to Oil: Cross-Cultural Connections Along the Silk Road. This book of global studies […]

  • Left: Roman in his toga (Ancient Rome); Right: A pair of horsemen (Eastern Han) 1

    Han China and Ancient Rome

    With the participation of teachers from all over the U.S., the Teach China program develops multi-disciplinary curriculum units aligned with national standards. In July 2001, […]

  • Pic. Left: Yuan Chin-ta, Piling Up Books (2005);Pic. Right top: The character for “to write” or “book” (shu). Calligraphy by Zhu Suiliang (596-658); Pic. Right bottom: The character for writing or a written composition (wen) From an inscription dated 156. 1

    Shu – Reinventing Books in Contemporary China

    Writing, Paper, and Printed Books in Pre-Modern China – 书在当代中国艺术中的再创 These web links and questions provide background for both contextualizing and appreciating China Institute’s first […]

  • Poem: Facing Snow 1

    Reading a Tang Dynasty Poem

    This lesson uses a poem by well-known Chinese poet Du Fu to illustrate the aesthetic principles of regulated verse and parallelism in Chinese poetry that […]

  • Colossal Buddha at Bamiyan in present-day Afghanistan (West Buddha surrounded by caves, c. 6th-7th c C.E., stone, stucco, paint, 175 feet high, Bamiyan, Afghanistan, destroyed 2001) 1

    Buddhist Sculpture from China

    Selections from the Xi’an Beilin Museum Fifth Through Ninth Centuries Introduction To the northeast of the royal city there is a mountain, on the side […]

  • Woodcut printed with oil-based ink Edition ( Artist: Wang Qi 王琦. Yibin, Sichuan Province, b. 1918 ) 1

    Woodcuts in Modern China

    Woodcuts have a long history in China dating at least from the Tang Dynasty (See Note1)(618-907 BCE), and for centuries they have contributed greatly to […]

  • Beijing National Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest, is a stadium in Beijing, China 1

    Beijing 2008: A Photographic Journey

    Introduction As early as 1906 an article about competitive sports in the magazine Tianjin Youth voiced Chinese aspirations to host the Olympics. The promotion of […]

  • Three versions of the character “hu,” a pottery vessel used for holding water or wine. 1

    Tea, Wine and Poetry

    Qing Dynasty Literati and Their Drinking Vessels-詩酒茶情 清代製壺名家遺珍 Tea, Wine and Poetry—Qing Literati and Their Drinking Vessels documents the production of Yixing tea ware during […]

  • Pic. 2: Dating to around 168 BCE, the Daoyin tu was discovered in the burial materials of Mawangdui 馬王堆 (near Changsha; Hunan) 1

    Noble Tombs at Mawangdui Resources

    Cosmic Journeys and The Search For Immortality (Grades 9-12) The character Xian, translated as “Immortal” or “Transcendent.” Is there life after death? Can one’s lifespan […]