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Duplication in Chinese Sculpture

Thursday, March 23, 2017,
  • Location: Cohen Memorial Hall • 1220 21St Ave S • Nashville, TN 37212
  • Room: 203

Stanley Abe
Department of Art, Art History, and Visual Studies
Duke University

In China, identical sets of figures, serial images, replications in archaic styles, and later copies were produced over a long period of time.  New works were provided with ancient inscriptions; old objects could be inscribed anew.  In modern times forgeries meant to deceive collectors proliferated.  

Duplication was integral to the production of sculpture from ancient times to the present.  The study of duplication suggests a way to understand the history of Chinese sculpture as more than a series of unique masterpieces.  But attention to duplication also raises many questions and issues for further study.

Wine and Cheese reception to follow

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