Art Matters: Visions of Immortality/Paradise in Ancient China and Egypt
Thursday, November 15, 2018
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Mary Craig Auditorium
Anthony Barbieri-Low, Professor of History, UCSB
This talk explores the concept and visual representations of post-mortem paradises in Ancient Egypt and Early China. These expressions would have a lasting impact on the development of paradisiacal realms in the later universal religions of Christianity and Buddhism. A special focus will be on certain ritual practices that would assist oneself or one’s deceased relatives in attaining entrance to paradise, including the playing of ritual board games like senet and liubo.