Students are introduced to selected objects found in ancient Chinese tombs as a way of surveying history from the late Neolithic era (3000 BC) to the Tang dynasty (618-907). These objects reveal the contents of ancient tombs and shed light on similar types of items used for daily life. In addition, these tomb goods-ritual vessels, figurines, and musical instruments-represent exemplary workmanship in jade, bronze, and ceramics. Working methods with these materials are also explored.
- Introduction of Neolithic culture.
- Interactive discussion of concept of afterlife.
- Examples of ancient Chinese objects and the materials and techniques used to create them.
- Interactive discussion and examples of the relationship of court life to tomb goods.
- Writing Chinese characters interactivity.
- Discussion of Tang Dynasty ceramics.
- Students will be able to describe the concept of the afterlife and explain why tombs were repositories for valued objects.
- Students will be able to identify various periods of Chinese history, such as the Shang and Tang Dynasties.
- Students will be able to identify several types of materials and techniques used by ancient Chinese artisans to construct useful objects and grave goods.
- Students will be able to discuss the continuity of Chinese tomb culture over several centuries.