Ancient Chinese produced stone sculptures to convey Buddhist and Daoist teachings as well as folk beliefs. This talk introduces these religious stone sculptures, their characteristics and interesting facts.
Jade and Chinese Culture
Ancient Chinese believed that jade was the toughest material. Jade products were therefore the most precious. This talk introduces the role of jade products in daily life of ancient China.
Wood and Chinese Culture
Wood was the major building material in ancient China. A lot of wood carvings were used to decorate spaces as well. This talk argues that wood carvings are manifestations of traditional Chinese culture.
Bronze and Chinese Culture
In Shang and Zhou dynasties, a large quantities of bronzes were casted and made, which have exquisite shapes and complicated motifs. This talk analyses the functions and symbolism of these bronze vessels.
Gold and Chinese Culture
Gold was a valuable metal and favoured by Chinese, but not affordable for everyone. This talk explores the relationship between ancient gold vessels and other crafts.