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The Making of the Tuoba Northern Wei

Constructing material cultural expressions in the Northern Wei Pingcheng Period (398–494 CE)

£34.00
Author:
Chin-Yin Tseng
Publication Year:
2013
Language:
English
Paperback:
130pp. Illustrated throughout
ISBN 10:
1407311883
ISBN:
9781407311883
BAR number:
S2567
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Description

BOOK DESCRIPTION
The Tuoba's success in the development of the Northern Wei as a conquest dynasty in fifth-century northern China is demonstrated as a result of their ability to cross between the traditions and practices of the Chinese sphere and those of the Eurasian steppe, through the construction of a 'dual presence' in the Pingcheng period (398-494 CE). A negotiation of material culture in this formative phase of state-building allowed for new notions of kingship, dynastic identity, and representations of daily lifeto be (re)created. This was manifested separately through the sculptures at the Yungang grottos, tomb repertoires, as well as the concept of Pingcheng as a capital city.