R: Amusement quarters
The metropolis was also a center for social life. In its most rarified form that social life
existed in the entertainment districts of the metropolis. In these districts, in restaurants,
wine shops, and brothels trends formed and tastes were codified outside the tamer social
life, mediated by more explicit norms of Confucian propriety, of palace and home.
R: Women’s figure types
a. Ewer, showing Anahita, Persian goddess of fertility, Sassanian
Dynasty, gilded silver, Iran, 6th century.
b. Girl in Persian Boy’s clothing, cold-painted ceramic, Tang dynasty
China, 7th –early 8th cent.
c. Sarcophagus of Princess Yongtai, carved stone, 701 CE, Tang
d. Woman with dog, cold-painted ceramic, circa 755, Tang dynasty,
The metropolis also served as the seat of style and fashion.
C: Human forms
All – Male figure, ceramic, Tang dynasty, China.
The metropolis was also a site of a critical mass of humanity, of so many types – cultural,
ethnic, racial -- represented in so many ways.
C: Gigaku masks – man and woman of Wu, SE coastal China
Man = Gentleman of Wu, paint on paulownia wood, 778 CE, place of
Woman = Woman of Wu, paint on paulownia wood, 8th cent. CE, place of
The critical mass of humanity found in the metropolis makes the metropolis as site of
spectacularization of other
Gigaku masks – masks for musical theater – indicate the desire on the part of eighth
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