The Wei and Jin dynasties was a tumultuous era. While life seemed bleak, the historical Seven Sages were said to have retreated into a bamboo grove where they sought solace in the arts. Surrounded by mountains and rivers, they revelled in the freedom of leisure—their days were spent discussing philosophical concepts —finding peace within and with the world around them.
Using brick painting of The Seven Sages and Rong Qiqi from the Southern Dynasties mausoleums, as well as written records in ancient books, this talk explores the lifestyle, ideals and principles of the Seven Sages.
About Bok Zhong Ming
Bok Zhong Ming is the President of the Singapore Text and Image Studies Society. He received his BA(Hons) and Masters from the Nanyang Technological University under the guidance of Associate Professor I Lo-fen. His research interests lie in Text and Image Studies, Chinese Classical Literature as well as the narratives in contemporary picture books. For the past few years, Zhong Ming has been actively sharing his research interest with the members of the public and local art groups. In 2017, he was invited to share about Tang Xianzu and his play Under the Southern Bough at the Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) in English. Zhong Ming was also previously a presenter for many years at a local Chinese news and information radio station.