ARTH 225
Art and Archaeology in Early China Fall 2023
Division I

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This course offers a survey of art and architecture in China from the beginning of civilization to the end of the Han dynasty (206 BCE-220 CE). Students are introduced to important artworks in ceramics, bronze, lacquer, jade, and built spaces including royal palaces, mausoleums, and ritual monuments, while learning to think about them in their archaeological context. Special attention is paid to the relationship between artistic innovations and the rise of new materials and craft technologies, such as glass and fire gilding.
The Class: Format: lecture; Fieldtrips to museums and conservation labs, possibly the Harvard Art Museums or the Williamstown Art Conservation Center, pending planning and approval.
Limit: 25
Expected: 15
Class#: 1332
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: In addition to attendance and participation, students will be graded on two short papers (4-6 pages, double-spaced), a final research paper (min 12 pages, doublespaced) or a creative project in consultation with the instructor, and a final presentation (15 mins).
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Preferences: Majors are prioritized if the course overenrolls.
Distributions: Division I
Attributes: ARTH pre-1800

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