Condensation of ritual symbolism and visual culture: From Chinese liqi to contemporary art expressions

Siu Han Anissa FUNG

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Abstract

Ritual objects liqi are regarded as the most important media for the Chinese to communicate ritual meanings to the supernatural. They are carriers of cultural symbols and iconography, reflecting the social, cultural and economic scenes at the time of their production and application. Nowadays, ritual art and relevant activities have become an increasingly important part of the larger visual culture that surrounds and shapes our daily lives, the study and investigation into the aesthetic, social, philosophical and religious significance of liqi not only enriches cultural arts education in school, but also informs contemporary artists in art production. In this chapter, significant Chinese ritual objects liqi have been introduced to raise interest in cultural art, and especially to enhance understanding of the meaning and symbolism related to cultural and religious concerns. Also, five contemporary artists’ works were discussed with reference to the inspirations of Chinese Liqi, and the different interpretation in the expression of works. Copyright © 2013 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCreative arts in education and culture: Perspectives from greater China
EditorsSamuel LEONG, Bo Wah LEUNG
Place of PublicationDordrecht
PublisherSpringer
Pages221-241
ISBN (Electronic)9789400777293
ISBN (Print)9789400777286
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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Visual Culture
Condensation
Art
Ritual Objects
Artist
Religion
Art Education
Supernatural
Daily Life
Iconography
Aesthetics
Symbol
Economics
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Citation

Fung, A. (2013). Condensation of ritual symbolism and visual culture: From Chinese liqi to contemporary art expressions. In S. Leong, & B. W. Leung (Eds.), Creative arts in education and culture: Perspectives from greater China (pp. 221-241). Dordrecht: Springer.

Keywords

  • Symbolic meaning
  • Ritual practice
  • Visual culture
  • Traditional ritual
  • Intangible cultural heritage