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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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. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless. 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.
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 ccollections considers Emperor Huizong’s contribution to visual culture of the Northern Song dynasty and beyond.
Emperors had at their disposal a repertoire of cultural means to build the relationships necessary for a civil rather than a military power base.
The Collections of Emperor Huizong. Often relations between emperors and scholar-officials were antagonistic, yet some emperors, such as Wang Anshicourted 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 emperod like vessels and bells that are recorded in [End Page ] the catalog Chongxiu Xuanhe bogutu The revised Xuanhe antiquities illustrated.
In institutional terms they patronized education by supporting Confucian learning and schools and implementing projects to collate and print books. While Ebrey recognizes that at times relations were strained between Huizong and the scholar-officials, she argues that his catalogues and the By transforming the civil-service examinations empegor 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.
It also emerges as the key used by this book for interpreting evidence on the influence of scholars on aristocratic collecting practices: This bureaucrat obtained his prestigious position by demonstrating a mastery of the Chinese classics in the institutionalized civil service examination system.
Accumulating Culture. The Collections of Emperor Huizong
Several Song-dynasty rulers practiced calligraphy, wrote poetry, and personally participated in literati social behavior—by organizing gatherings for viewing books and art, for example. University of Washington Press, Chapters 7 and 8 analyze the Xuanhe shupu Xuanhe calligraphy catalog and Xuanhe huapu Xuanhe painting catalog respectively. 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.
The artistic practices the scholar-official generated are now referred to in common academic parlance as “literati culture. 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. Accumulating Culture demonstrates how Huizong used his collections to negotiate complex relationships with traditional aristocratic members at court while accommodating new constructions of culture.
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. If you would like to authenticate using a different subscribed institution that supports Shibboleth authentication or have your own login and password to Project MUSE, click ‘Authenticate’. Whether private or institutional, collecting was inherently complicated by the power relations between 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.
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.
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The Collections of Emperor Huizong. Contemporary scholarship huizing 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.