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Ben Siebel ARTS 1301-83425 3/7/2019 DMA Assignment Part I – Non Western Culture 1. The artwork I chose was the Funerary Plaque, made of Limestone, in 219-316 CE in China. 2. This piece is a limestone sculpture who is carrying the central plaque with Chinese writing that describes the deceased a forty-five year old woman who died in early 4 th Century CE. There is also a dragon forming on the top of the sculpture along with dragons on the side of the plaque. The plaque is placed not on top of the tortoise but inside the middle of the back of his shell. 3. This tortoise and plaque are meant to honor the life of the Chinese woman that died. The tortoise and the dragon are two of the four “spiritually endowed” directional deities. The use of these two creatures gives a hint to the spiritual nature of this piece. Also, the tortoise, symbol of winter and north, are important to Chinese Buddhists because its symbolized longevity.
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