Introduction to the material culture of China

[Alert] This course is rescheduled to the Summer Semester 2023. It will be a more intensive schedule to be completed within three/four weeks from Mid-June. If you are interested in this course, you must write to, we will add you to our internal enrollment list. For any final year student who wishes to take this course, you must write to first. Later in the semester, we will provide further instructions regarding enrollment.

6 credits

This course explores the large realm of the production of material culture in China in order to elucidate historical concerns, attitudes, and social needs as embedded in objects. Materials include jade, bronze, ceramic, furniture, and architecture from the Shang to the Qing dynasties. The class discusses how these materials played a critical role in the intellectual and artistic discourses throughout history. Students will visit the University Museum and Art Gallery in HKU for an extensive viewing experience.

100% coursework




“It was very interesting and I learnt about a wide variety of subjects.”

ARTH2088 student, 2017-2018

“It gives an overview and covers a lot of items, it serves as a very nice survey course of Chinese material culture.”

ARTH2088 student, 2017-2018