Kings dreaming of immortality

Some say it's the Year of the Rooster, but in my book, it's year of the Han.  There has been a succession of shows highlighting this dynasty, which ruled from 206 B.C. to 220 AD.  It so consolidated a sense of identity that ethnic Chinese today still identify as "Han." In New York alone, there … Continue reading Kings dreaming of immortality

Borderland or dead end?

Do you think of tombs as marking a threshold, a commemoration of that ultimate borderland between life on earth and an after life?  Or do you see tombs as signalling the end of a person's existence?  In reviewing a show currently at the China Institute Gallery, I discovered that the Jin dynasty in 13th-century China may … Continue reading Borderland or dead end?