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The Making of the Tuoba Northern Wei : Constructing Material Cultural Expressions in the Northern Wei Pingcheng Period (398-494 CE)

Author: 
Chin-Yin Tseng

Publisher: 
Archaeopress

Publication Year: 
2013




Abstract:
This work comprises several studies dealing with the society, economy, ideology and power among the mainly tribal, semi-pastoral communities living and moving around the southern arid margins of the southern Levant, particularly the Negev desert, southern Transjordan (ancient Edom) and north-eastern Sinai during the first millennium BCE.

Table of Contents:

Acknowledgements i

Chapter One
Introduction 1
1. HISTORICAL AND MATERIAL SOURCES 5
2. ORIGINS OF THE TUOBA 9
3. METHODOLOGY 12
Alternative Approach 13
Chapter Outline 15
4. SUMMARY 16

Chapter Two
Pingcheng and the Rituals of Empire 17
1. INTRODUCTION 17
2. THE TUOBA SEAT OF POWER: PHYSICAL AND CONCEPTUAL 19
Kingship and Kinship 21
The Fiction of the Mingtang 25
3. A MOBILE COURT 29
The Emperors’ Peripatetic Agenda 31
Affairs in the Capital 33
Centralizing the Conquered Subjects 35
4. SUMMARY 39

Chapter Three
Yungang and the Tuoba Kingship 41
1. INTRODUCTION 41
2. A NEW IMPERIAL MONUMENT: THE FIVE CAVES OF TAN YAO 45
From Words to Images 47
Changing Agencies of Kingship 49
3. A NEW IMPERIAL APPROACH: THE CAVES AS ENGAGING SPACES 50
Emperor in the Face of Buddha 51
An Imperial Platform 53
4. A NEW IMPERIAL MATERIAL: STONE 57
Borrowing from the West 59
Materializing Kingship through the Restoration of Buddhism 66
5. SUMMARY 68

Chapter Four
Life and Death of the Northern Wei Elite 69
1. INTRODUCTION 69
2. CASE STUDY I: SHALING M7 OF LADY PODUOLUO 72
A New Pictorial System 75
East Wall: Positioning Lady Poduoluo in Her Household 78
North and South walls: Remembering Lady Poduoluo in Leisure and Ranks 85
3. CASE STUDY II: YANBEI SHIYUAN M5 OF SONG SHAOZU 89
The New Outsider 91
Clay Figurines: Buried like a Prince 92
Stone Sarcophagus: Appeals of a New Fashion 97
4. SUMMARY: READING THE TOMBS 103

Chapter Five
The Many Faces of the Tuoba 105
1. MULAN AND THE KHAN 106
2. LEGACIES OF THE TUOBA 108
3. BACK TO THE GAXIAN CAVE 111

Bibliography 116

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