What is it about?

My article focuses on the properties of Paiwanese aesthetic expression and their contributions to the system of social values. The generation of Paiwanese aesthetic expression is related to the group's hierarchical social system as well as its ancestral past. My research examines the rituals and the accoutrements of an aristocratic wedding ceremony, showing that the Paiwanese aesthetic expression strengthens people's social status inherited from ancestors and memorializes the ancestral past.

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Why is it important?

Although aesthetic properties embedded in artifacts can be possible to sense cross-culturally, it is important to interpret them in the eyes of the people who produce it. My article shows how aesthetic properties can be understood in the context of a particular culture to see how they fit in a wider aesthetic experience and communicative process.


This article is based on ethnographic research into the characteristics and social significance of the indigenous artifacts produced by one particular group--the Paiwanese people in Taiwan. The Paiwanese are renowned for their artistic practices; my research into Paiwanese art dates from 2002 and from that time, I have been focused on art and craft productions in northern Paiwanese area. I hope that through this essay, people can see the dynamic artistic developments associated with the beautiful indigenous group in Taiwan.

Dr. Hueiyun Chen
National Palace Museum

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This page is a summary of: Paiwanese aesthetic expression and its social values, The Australian Journal of Anthropology, July 2021, Wiley, DOI: 10.1111/taja.12402.
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