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Humanities 2018, 7(3), 83; https://doi.org/10.3390/h7030083

Silk Road Influences on the Art of Seals: A Study of the Song Yuan Huaya

The University Museum and Art Gallery, The University of Hong Kong, 90 Bonham Road, Pokfulam, Hong Kong, China
Received: 11 July 2018 / Revised: 9 August 2018 / Accepted: 10 August 2018 / Published: 15 August 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Further Explorations Along the Silk Road)

Abstract

Song Yuan Huaya (the Huaya of the Song and Yuan Dynasties) is a type of seal featuring figurative patterns and sometimes decorated with ciphered or ethnic characters. Their origins are the Song and Yuan Dynasties, although their influence extends to the Ming (1368–1644 CE) and Qing (1644–1912 CE) Dynasties. Although it is based on the Chinese Han seal tradition, Song Yuan Huaya exhibits various elements from the influence of the Silk Road. This is thought to be the first time in Han seal history that the Steppe culture can be seen so abundantly on private seals. This paper takes an interdisciplinary approach to analyse, probably for the first time in the field, some cases of Song Yuan Huaya, in which a dialogue between the Han seal tradition and Silk Road culture occurs. The findings will hopefully advance the understanding of the complicated nature of the art history, society, peoples, and ethnic relationships in question, and will serve as the starting point for further studies of intercultural communication during specific historical periods. View Full-Text
Keywords: Chinese seals; The Silk Road; Chinese art history; inter-cultural influences; folk art; Jurchen and Khitan characters Chinese seals; The Silk Road; Chinese art history; inter-cultural influences; folk art; Jurchen and Khitan characters
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