The essay should be 6-7 pages long (1750-2000 words, excluding the bibliography page),

double-spaced. Use Times New Roman 12 pt. for font and font size.

In the Museum Report, you had an opportunity to take advantage of museum resources to reflect

on how learning about “things” informs you of Chinese history and culture. In this essay project,

you will continue this journey to consider the following questions with more extensive research

and discussion: What new historical knowledge have you learned from the objects? How do they

inform you about some aspects of Chinese history, such as daily life, social, economic, cultural,

religious, and technological ideas and practices? How do they reveal about the particular

historical moments from which the objects were created or in use and about historical changes

over time, and how are you able to understand the objects by placing them in historical contexts?

Please do not address the above questions individually; rather, use these questions to help you

organize your discussion and develop coherent arguments.

Follow carefully these instructions:

1. Choose two or three objects that you are most interested in for your project, excluding

those that are covered in lectures or those you have written about in your Museum Report. The

objects should be related in some fashion, in terms of, for example, their functions, their

underlying ideas, or the time period in use. This will enable you to form a broad theme/thesis for

your essay. Your choice of objects is not limited to those from Museum collections; that is, you

can choose objects from other sources as well.

2. You can choose to focus on any historical period, or cover a number of dynastic


3. In your discussion, make an effort to engage in evidence that draw on a range of

sources, such as museum sources/catalogues, academic books, journal articles, and

archaeological reports. This way, you will be able develop more in-depth discussion on the

objects and their relationships with Chinese history and culture.

4. Online sources are acceptable, however, please be careful and consult only those from

credible sources.

5. Provide footnotes for your citations, using this format: author’s last name and page

number (For example, Mann, 50). Include a bibliography page that lists all the works cited in the