Cloisonné incense burner, Qing dynasty (1644-1912)
Archaeosoup on YouTube talks about oracle bones. It’s a short introduction on how we discovered what these cool bones were actually for.
5 days ago · 26 notes
Since it’s the LGBT History month in the UK, I’m just gonna grab the opportunity to mention something less than awesome that got imported into Asia during the era of Western colonialism.
Above, I’ve got a little chart I drew up for my recent lecture, Southeast Gaysia!, about LGBT heritage and activism in the ASEAN region. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the Southeast Asian country with the least homophobic laws - Thailand - is the only one that never got colonised.
European taboos about same-sex love were imported in various ways: through Christian missions, through medical assessments of psychology - and, in the case of British colonies, through the law. Former British colonies all over the world, in Africa, the Caribbean, Asia and Oceania, are mostly still saddled with a “gross indecency” law that forbids sex between men - a law the Brits only had the good sense to repeal in 1967, when they’d given up most of their colonies already.
The result? You’ll notice that the four worst-off countries here - Singapore, Burma/Myanmar, Brunei and Malaysia - are all former British colonies. Even Indonesia, with its dangerous minority of homophobic and transphobic Muslim activists, has less discriminatory laws than we do.
More info here:
I think is is a very interesting look at homophobia in Asia.
Prune Nourry: Terracotta Daughters
In the continuation of her Holy Daughters project in India, Prune now reflects upon gender preference in China and infiltrates the local culture through the familiar symbol of the Terracotta Soldiers, by creating an army of 116 life-size Terracotta Daughters.
India and China alone represent 1/3 of the world population and both encounter a similar gender imbalance. This sociological phenomenon is due to the preference parents give to having a son. The number of single men has been increasing ever since the 80’s, and the misuse of ultrasounds to select the sex of the child. This leads to disastrous consequences for the situation of women in Asia (kidnappings of children and women, forced marriages, prostitution, population migrations. (full article)
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Kneeling archer from the Chinese Terracotta Army, 3rd century BCE.
It is one kind of the armored infantryman. It was unearthed from the center of the archer formation, which is located northeast of Pit 2. The pose of both hands evidences that this figure held one crossbow originally. Altogether 160 kneeling archers were found in Pit 2.
Xiang Yu Gets Pissed Off, Tries To Kill Liu Bang At Dinner In Hongmen
Note: This is an anecdotal part of history and may not be as reliable as you think. It’s still pretty cool to imagine that shit went down like this, though.
Xiang Yu Makes It To The Capital
One month later, Xiang Yu finally made it to Xianyang, but he heard that Liu Bang had made it into the palace first, and not him. He was at Hongmen, and pretty near the Hangu pass, and was so freakin’ pissed. It didn’t help that Fan Zeng, Xiang Yu’s chief advisor, said that Liu Bang hadn’t taken the treasures and the remainin’ women in the palace, and was obviously tryna take over the country. He also said that Liu Bang was the only obstacle to takin’ the throne, and since Xiang Yu wanted to be in power, he decided to get rid of Liu Bang.
The thing is, Xiang Yu had more followers—400,000 men—and Liu Bang only had a quarter, so it looked like Xiang Yu would win.
Xiang Bo, Xiang Yu’s uncle, was actually an informant for Liu Bang and asked Zhang Liang, Liu’s strategist to tell him of the news. When Zhang got to Liu Bang, he was all, “Dude, you gotta leave now, ‘cause there will be trouble tomorrow.”
Zhang Liang also took Xiang Bo to see Liu Bang, and Liu Bang was all, “Oh hey! I feel an instant connection to you and feel that we should totes marry our children to each other. Also, I didn’t touch any of the properties in the warehouse, and I haven’t betrayed Xiang Yu so you can go tell him that.”
Xiang Bo did so, and also said that the reason why Xiang Yu could march into the capital was ‘cause Liu Bang had already paved the way, and so it would be pretty douche-y to kill Liu Bang to grab the throne.
Liu Bang Hosts A Dinner At Hongmen, Xiang Yu Tries To Kill Him But Chickens Out
Xiang Yu called off the attack after what Xiang Bo said, but to make nice, Liu Bang came over to make nice and hosted a banquet for errybody.
Liu Bang told Xiang Yu, “Dude, someone is tryna sow discord between us and make us enemies, and that’s like, lame. I mean, we respect each other, right?”
Xiang Yu was all, “Well, General Cao Wushang told me of your plans, that’s why I got suspicious.”
Fan Zeng, Xiang Yu’s advisor, raised his finger wit’ that had a jade ring on it three times, which meant that Xiang Yu was supposed to kill Liu Bang like, now. Instead, Xiang Yu asked his cousin, Xiang Zhuang, to come and do some swordplay in front of errybody, and it was pretty obvious he wanted to kill Liu Bang ‘cause he kept goin’ closer and closer.
Xiang Bo got up to protect Liu Bang, and shielded the future Emperor wit’ his body, but he was like, old and totally got tired pretty soon. Zhang Liang knew he had to do somethin’, and so told Fan Kuai that Xiang Zhuang was tryna kill Liu Bang.
Fan Kuai hurried and crashed into the room. Xiang Yu was all, “Who’s he?”
“Oh, y’know, Liu Bang’s personal guard,” Zhang Liang said.
To show that he was all powerful and shiz, Zhang Liang chopped a piece of meat using his sword and shield and ate it, and drank a ton of wine. Xiang Yu was all, “Whoa, can you like, drink anymore?”
“Totally. I ain’t scared of nothin’. Liu Bang is a good ruler, unlike the shitty Qin Emperor. He’s honest and not deceitful, but the way I see it, you’re totally tryna get rid of an honest man and following what the Qin Emperor did just to get power. ”
Xiang Yu was so stunned and he STFU.
Liu Bang Escapes
Now that Xiang Yu’s intentions were known to everyone, Liu Bang left the camp and pretended he had to go to the washroom. I mean, like, duh, someone was tryna get him killed. Fan Kuai and Zhang Liang followed him, and Liu Bang was all, “I wanna leave, but it’s kinda offensive to Xiang Yu.”
Fan Kuai was all, “Dude. He tried to kill you. Isn’t leaving like, I don’t know, the most commonsensical thing to do?! Go on a horse. We’ll make up some excuse for you.”
Liu Bang rode his horse and not on the carriage he came in so he couldn’t be detected, and Fan Kuai gave Xiang Yu and Fan Zeng some jade. Xiang Yu took the jade but Fan Zeng threw a hissy fit and said, “I can’t help you if you are so indecisive! Liu Bang will always thwart you, no matter what!”
Liu Bang killed Cao Wushang when he got back to camp, and Xiang Yu was already preparing to challenge him, in what historians will call the Chu-Han contention.
1 week ago · 16 notes
Check out this offering from Swatch. I more than dig the brush painting element of this.
I would wear it and be all like CHECK OUT MY XU BEIHONG WATCH!!! Most people wouldn’t know what I was talking about and probably wonder why I was excited over a watch… But you guys would and we could enjoy a sly high five as we crossed paths in public.
Yanjiawan tomb workshop, Xianyang (Chinese), Pair of female dancers with long sleeves , mid-2nd century BCE, earthenware with pigments,
the Portland Art Museum