Sinology Sunday: May 8, 2016

Sui Dynasty to early Tang dynasty

This week, we take a look into more reconstructions from the Sui Dynasty and Tang dynasty.  Pictures this week come from Clothing and Happiness 裝束與樂舞.  Images are labeled with their approximate time periods during this era.

More pictures below the cut.

Hanfu groups seem to work together so I apologize ahead of time in case there are any repeats.  Also, please understand that sorting Hanfu by era can be hard due to similar styles carrying over into different eras, lack of historical evidence or knowledge, and various other factors.

The following are some links that may help you get some background information.  Please let us know in the comment section if there are any other sites you may be able to recommend for more pictures.

Chinese History Timeline

General Chinese Clothing Timeline

Hanfu: General Information, Hanfu List

Make-up: Lips, Eyebrows

Sui Dynasty to early Tang dynasty

Sui Dynasty to early Tang dynasty

Sui Dynasty to early Tang dynasty

Reign of Wu Zetian

Reign of Wu Zetian

Reign of Wu Zetian

I’m going to go on a limb and write a blurb here so if anybody sees something wrong, please make a note with some form of proof or evidence so we can all learn.  The Tang Dynasty is noted for the flourishing of Chinese culture that took place during this period.  Musical traditions from the Southern Dynasties of the Northern and Southern Dynasties were influential during this time.  One major example is the establishment of the Pear Garden Musical Academy.  Some of this still survives today in the form of Nanguan music for a sample of what music may have sounded like around this time period and a look into the roots of Chinese music traditions.

One Nanguan group in particular that has grown in respect lately is the Han-Tang Yuefu 漢唐樂府 from Taiwan, which has in some sense tried to revive the Nanguan tradition and do a bit of back-peddling on time to give us a look of what it may have looked like in antiquity.  Some samples of their work here (Playlist on performance, This part may be a bit more impressive for modern tastes).  They seem to have a bit of a following in the Hanfu community from those that favor the more archaeological reconstruction bit of the movement.

As you may notice, this musical style sounds a bit less like the “traditional” Chinese music we are used to and might even sound similar to traditional musics from other countries in the area, which it may have been a major influence on (such as Korea but especially Japan since their traditions seem to draw significantly from this period).  At any rate, it is interesting to kind of turn back time and see how Chinese music has evolved.

Southern Dynasties Music Group

Southern Dynasties Music Group

Southern Dynasties Music Group

Southern Dynasties Music Group

Southern Dynasties Music Group

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