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Picturing Technology in ChinaFrom Earliest Times to the Nineteenth Century$
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Peter J. Golas

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9789888208159

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888208159.001.0001

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The New Confucian Paradigm

The New Confucian Paradigm

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(p.87) Four The New Confucian Paradigm
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Picturing Technology in China
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Peter J. Golas

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888208159.003.0004

The Song and Yuan dynasties witnessed not only unprecedented achievements in technological illustration but also a major reorientation of much of Chinese life and culture, the subject we turn to in Chapter 4. By the end of the eleventh century, a new scholar-official elite now dominated the political and cultural scene in China. To a degree unique among ruling elites anywhere, many of them took up painting as one expression of their cultural superiority. In so doing, they frequently subscribed to a view that rejected the importance of realistic representation in favor of painting that supposedly enabled highly cultivated artists of superior character to give expression to their moral and intellectual pre-eminence. In place of technical skill, many literati critics and connoisseurs even came to admire a certain clumsiness or awkwardness which they held to be harder to achieve than mere skill. These ideas ran directly counter to the kind of exactness and accuracy that make portrayals of technology informative.

Keywords:   China, Scientific illustrations, Drawing techniques, Technical development, Literati, Science, Wood block printing, Agriculture, Industry

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