Title: Foreign Styles in Southeast Gansu Province, China, in the 4th and 3rd Centuries BC (公元前4至3世紀甘肅馬家塬墓地所見的中外文化交流)
Format: Online via Zoom [registration here]
Date: Friday, 17 December 2021
Time: 9am-10:15am (Hong Kong/Beijing Time)
Bei Shan Tang Doctoral Thesis Grant inaugural event
Dr. Raphael Wong 黃煒均博士 (Bei Shan Tang Foundation Scholar and Associate Curator, Hong Kong Palace Museum)
In conversation with:
Prof. Jenny So 蘇芳淑教授 (Chinese Art Historian-Curator, Associate in Research, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University and Adjunct Professor, Department of Fine Arts, The Chinese University of Hong Kong)
Evidence from recently excavated elite tombs at Majiayuan, southeast Gansu province, reveals the close contact between various groups across Asia during the 4th to 3rd centuries BC. Among the finds from these tombs are chariots, which have decorative elements that closely relate to both a royal chariot of the Achaemenid Empire and textiles from the Altai region of southern Siberia, suggesting a connection between the elites of these regions. Imperial vehicles and architectural elements from Shaanxi province suggest that these exchanges continued well into the Qin Empire.
Dr. Raphael Wong received his DPhil in archaeology from the University of Oxford, focusing on China and the steppe of the 1st millennium BC. He worked previously at the Art Museum and in the Department of Fine Arts of The Chinese University of Hong Kong, where he was involved in exhibitions and catalogue projects, such as ‘Radiant Legacy: Ancient Chinese Gold from the Mengdiexuan Collection’.