Macquarie Asian Historical Research Society Seminar


  • 29/10/2013 – 6:00-7:00 PM


  • Presentation by Dr. Yin Cao (Curator of Chinese Art, Art Gallery of NSW) – “Han Dynasty Artifacts of the AGNSW: An exploration of the artistic, political, technical and ideological implications”



Considered to be the first Golden Age of Chinese history, the Han dynasty (206 BCE-220 CE) played a very important role in establishing a unique artistic style from which generations of Chinese artists have gained inspiration. Being a unified empire that ruled a large diverse region in the Middle Kingdom, the Han dynasty produced art that appears on the one hand to rigidly follow a set of rules (the square), yet shows great inclusiveness, on the other (the circle). This lecture uses artifacts of the Han dynasty from the Art Gallery of New South Wales’ collection, and masterpieces from archaeological discoveries all over China to demonstrate the mystery, freedom and romanticism of the Han dynasty’s art. We are also able explore the historical, political and ideological background of this flourishing age.



Room: W6A 107



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