Surfaces and solids
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Wu Weiye’s Spring in Moling is one of the sixteenth and seventeenth century classical Chinese plays deserving thorough reevaluation. Set during a dynastic transition, this play takes as it main thread the romance between two lovers. More importantly, the complexity and depth of this work surpass period literary conventions. In attempting to explore the creative intricacies of this play, this thesis focuses on the significance of four decorative objects in historical and cultural context – the Khotan jade cup, the precious mirror, the rubbings of Jin and Tang dynasties, and the scorched-tail pipa. In particular, the confusion caused by discrepancies between the surfaces and the solids of these decorative objects is explored.