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Global Medieval at The “End of The Silk Road,” Circa 756 CE: The ShōSō–In Collection in Japan

Jun Hu

Jun Hu is Assistant Professor of East Asian art at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. In addition to his work on Nara, he has a forthcoming publication on Buddhist mural painting in early medieval China and is currently completing a book manuscript, tentatively entitled “The Perturbed Circle: Chinese Architecture and Its Periphery.” Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Re-Assessing the Global turn in Medieval Art History : The Medieval Globe

Arc Humanities Press, 2018

Book chapter

...This article focuses on the Shōsō–in repository in Nara, a collection of artifacts that were fashioned in various media along the Silk Road. The repository first took shape in the mid–eighth century, when the personal collection of Emperor...

When the Emperor is a Woman: The Case of Wu Zetian 武則天 (624–705), the “Emulator of Heaven”

Elisabetta Colla

Elisabetta Colla holds the following degrees: MA (Laurea) degree in Oriental languages and literatures, Ca’Foscari University of Venice; diploma in Chinese language and culture, former Beijing Languages Institute; MA degree in Asian studies, Faculty of Human Sciences of Oporto; and a PhD in Cultural Studies from the Faculty of Human Sciences of the Portuguese Catholic University, Lisbon. She is currently Assistant Professor at FLUL (School of Arts and Humanities, Lisbon University) and has written various articles and a dissertation on Macau. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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A Companion to Global Queenship

Arc Humanities Press, 2018

Book chapter

...男不言內女不言外Men do not speak of internal matters; women do not speak of external affairsFrom the Book of Rites (Liji 禮記); see neize 內則 (Principle of Inner Realm), in Ruan, Shisanjing zhushu, 1462, and translated by Legge, Li Chi: Book of Rites,...

The Court of Emperor Tang Dezong as ‘Imperial Net’, and the Church of the East's Persian Longue Durée

R. Todd Godwin

R. Todd Godwin received his PhD from the School of African and Oriental Studies (SOAS), University of London, and now lectures at the Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies, Cambridge, UK and in the United States at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He has published in peer-reviewed journals on the early medieval Church of the East. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Persian Christians at the Chinese Court : The Xi’an Stele and the Early Medieval Church of the East

I.B.Tauris, 2018

Book chapter

...Introduction The previous chapter looked out from Mesopotamia, the Church of the East's seat of power in Baghdad, and into Central Asia, as it analysed leadership within the Church of the East and its constitution as an agency-seeking...

Worldliness in Byzantium and Beyond: Reassessing the Visual Networks of Barlaam and Ioasaph

Cecily J. Hilsdale

Cecily J. Hilsdale specializes in the arts of Byzantium and the wider Mediterranean world. She is the author of Byzantine Art and Diplomacy in an Age of Decline (Cambridge University Press, 2014) and numerous articles dealing with cultural exchange: in particular the circulation of Byzantine luxury items such as diplomatic gifts; as well as the related dissemination of Eastern styles, techniques, iconographies, and ideologies of imperium. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Re-Assessing the Global turn in Medieval Art History : The Medieval Globe

Arc Humanities Press, 2018

Book chapter

...This essay analyzes the nunace, mutability, and political purposes of illustrated Greek manuscripts containing a ubiquitous medieval tale: Barlaam and Ioasaph. Exploring the dynamic nature of this Byzantine material and its global...

‘Repairing the Imperial Net’ Before the an Lushan Rebellion

R. Todd Godwin

R. Todd Godwin received his PhD from the School of African and Oriental Studies (SOAS), University of London, and now lectures at the Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies, Cambridge, UK and in the United States at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He has published in peer-reviewed journals on the early medieval Church of the East. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Persian Christians at the Chinese Court : The Xi’an Stele and the Early Medieval Church of the East

I.B.Tauris, 2018

Book chapter

...Introduction The Xi’an stele's phrases, ‘[we] repaired/sustained the Imperial Net’ [as interpreted, not translated here] and ‘binding the broken threads’, were chosen ostensibly with reference to events affecting the Church and its leaders...

Seals as Conceptual and Ritual Tools in Chinese Buddhism, Ca. 600-1000 Ce

Paul COPP

Paul Copp (PhD Princeton University, 2005) is associate professor in Chinese religion and thought at the University of Chicago. His work centres on the material history of personal religious practice in eighththrough thirteenth-century China, focusing especially on manuscripts, xylographs, and other archaeological evidence discovered at “silk road” sites such as Dunhuang, Turfan, and Khara-khoto. He is the author of The Body Incantatory: Spells and the Ritual Imagination in Medieval Chinese Buddhism (Columbia University Press, 2014) and is co-editor, with Wu Hung, of Refiguring East Asian Religious Art: Buddhist Devotion and Funerary Practice (University of Chicago Press, 2018). The present study is drawn from work towards a new book, tentatively titled “Seal and Scroll: Manuscripts and the Ritualist’s Craft at Dunhuang and Beyond.” Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Seals—Making and Marking Connections Across the Medieval World

Arc Humanities Press, 2018

Book chapter

...In medieval China, this article demonstrates, nearly all forms of seals and sealing—both physical and metaphorical—were translated to use in religious practice: tropes of identity and material transmission; multiple styles of wearing...