Style and Beyond

Title: Rubbing, Left Chamber, Wu Family Shrines, Jiaxiang, Shandong, China

Date: Ca. 148 AD

Title: Rubbing of stone relief, Haining, Zhejiang, China

Date: Late Eastern Han Dynasty

Question: 

The story, Jing Ke's attempt assassination of the King of Qin, was depicted in various stone reliefs from different regions of China. Why the representations of the same story were so stylistically different?

Reading:

David Keightley, “Archaeology and Mentality: The Making of China.” Representations, No. 18 (Spring, 1987): 91-128.

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