Ms. Michelle McCoy: A Sky with No Frontier: Figure, Schema, and Movement in the Astral Culture of China and Inner Asia, ca. 900-1200

Date: 12 April 2017
Time: 4:30 – 6:00 pm
Venue: Room 7.58 Run Run Shaw Tower

The tenth to thirteenth centuries in what is now China witnessed the heyday of traditional Chinese astronomy, the transmission of new astral concepts and forms from afar, and the rise of influential astral deity cults. This talk examines the visual and material dimensions of this “astral turn” in transregional and transcultural perspective. We travel between the central Chinese plains, the northern steppe, and the northwestern desert, from the last days of the great Tang dynasty (618-907) to the multicentered age of the Song (960-1279) and its non-Han rivals, the Khitan Liao (907-1125) and Tangut Xixia (1038-1227)… (Please click on the image to read more)