How Did Chinese Culture Influence The Tang Dynasty

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Now that the art and the effect the cultural situations had on the art of both the Tang dynasty and modern day China have been mentioned, the overall question: How did Chinese culture influence the Tang dynasty’s tri-colored burial sculptures and how does it compare to the way Chinese sculpture art is influenced now, can be answered by comparing the two time periods in order to see where the similarities and differences lay. To begin, both the art in the Tang dynasty and that of modern day China were exposed to and inspired by a wide range of cultures at the time the art was created. In the case of the Tang dynasty, the Silk Road was a route used by multiple cultures to spread their accomplishments and knowledge as well as their ways and beliefs. …show more content…
In terms of the religious practices of the Tang Dynasty, the main function or purpose of the sculpture art was to be used in a tomb in order for the spirits of the dead to use the object in the afterlife. Since people are no longer buried in tombs, there is no need for funerary art and therefor the function of sculpture art has changed to become an expression, either of emotion or of the past. It is also true that more recent sculpture art is mainly inspired by China’s historical past and its traditional way of life whereas the Tang dynasty sculpture art was influenced by the then and there: advances in the domestication of the horse and how man dominates over animals, the importance of the horse in everyday life and also in the military, and the people that were being introduced to them from other cultures. But in similarity, both time periods have art that is influenced by what is most important to them at the time. For those during the Tang dynasty, horses were very important and so were the presence of many new cultures. For those in modern day China, the art reflects the importance of holding onto their culture and traditions in a changing world dominated by the west and a culture that is slowly being eclipsed by a more Western …show more content…
I was able to answer this question in the comparison paragraph by recognizing different aspects of the time period, the cultural beliefs, and the presence of foreign cultures and was then able to come to the conclusion that there are more differences than similarities in the way culture came and has come to influence Chinese sculpture art. However, the similarities are vastly more important than the differences because overall, the similarities show that culture does influence art and that whatever is most important to the time period will be reflected in its art. This goes to say that Plato was correct in believing that “art is the best possible window into another culture” because if it is true in this case then it should be true in other cases as well. This is significant information to take note of because it can apply as a lesson about art in general: art is in fact influenced by culture, what is important to the artist, and what is happening around the artist at the time of its creation. However, the conclusions do lead to a further question: with such a connected world and the dominating cultural presence of the countries in the western hemisphere, will art cease to identify multiple cultures’ identities and instead

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