Saturday, February 20th 2016 | 2:00-4:00PM | Admission: $5.00
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Extension
328 J Street San Diego, CA 92101 United States
The early Ming rulers, after a hard-won conquest, rebuilt government and resettled people in their farming villages after the disruptions of the mid-14th century caused by civil war and plague. On that foundation, the thriving commercial economy recovered and enabled both the dynasty and elite families to sponsor new developments in poetry, pottery, painting, calligraphy, textile manufacture, and other cultural achievements. Ming people held a wide variety of beliefs about the afterlife, and they filled tombs with ceramic models of the things they needed and enjoyed in life: food, furniture, domestic animals, musical instruments, and servants, guardsmen, and entertainers. The Great Ming Unearthed will enable visitors to explore these representations of daily life and spiritual beliefs from one of the glorious ages of Chinese civilization.
To coincide with the exhibition, Professor Sarah Schneewind of the UCSD History Department, and author of A Tale of Two Melons: Emperor and Subject in Ming China, will give a special presentation on the afterlife beliefs of the Ming. Books will be available for purchase during and after the lecture.