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Volume 48 – Number 2

Mar/Apr 2017

‘Age of Empires: Chinese Art of the Qin and Han Dynasties (221 B.C. – A.D. 220)’

Bronzes of the South: Recent Discoveries from Yejiashan in Suizhou
Does Art Imitate Life or Life Imitate Art? Nepal Has a Unique Answer
‘Saints and Kings: Arts, Culture and Legacy of the Sikhs’
Mongol Zurag: Nyam-Osoryn Tsultem and Tranditional-style Painting in Mongolia
An Interview with Amna Naqvi

COVER: Rhinoceros
Excavated in 2010 from Tomb 1,
Dayunshan, Xuyi, Jiangsu province
China, Western Han dynasty (206 BCE-8 CE)
Gilt and silvered bronze, 9.8 x 8.4 x 19.8 cm
Nanjing Museum

The main focus of our March/April 2017 issue is the exhibition ‘Age of Empires: Chinese Art of the Qin and Han Dynasties (221 B.C.–A.D. 220)’, on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art from 3 April to 16 July 2017. The exhibition highlights the significance of these two dynasties, which were pivotal in the formation of Chinese culture as we know it today. Zhixin Jason Sun introduces the show, Pengliang Lu traces the history of the ‘goosefoot lamp’, and Lillian Lan-ying Tseng examines the new discoveries from Dayunshan and Nanchang. Continuing the theme of early China, Liu Yang looks at some recently excavated Western Zhou bronzes that reveal new information about bronze production in the south and the dynasty’s southern expansion.

Next, Gautama Vajracharya examines how knowledge of seasonal festivals and the agricultural cycle can illuminate the art of Nepal. Qamar Adamjee presents the exhibition of Sikh art at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco (10 March–18 June 2017), while Uranchimeg Tsultemin discusses the now-popular traditional-style painting of Mongolia and the influence of its originator, Nyam-Osoryn Tsultem.

Another hot genre among contemporary art collectors today is Pakistani art, and we interview Amna Naqvi, who is both a collector and a patron. Jessica Rawson talks about some favourite jades in ‘Curator’s Choice’, and Georgios Halkias relates his field trip to Basgo in ‘Art in Context’.

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