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Inaugural online event
Foreign Styles in Southeast Gansu Province, China, in the 4th and 3rd Centuries BC

Dec 17, 2021 (Friday) • 9am • Online via Zoom


Dr. Raphael Wong
Bei Shan Tang Foundation Scholar
Associate Curator, Hong Kong Palace Museum

in conversation with

Prof. Jenny So
Chinese Art Historian-Curator
Associate in Research, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University
Adjunct Professor, Department of Fine Arts, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Event Description

Evidence from recently excavated elite tombs at Majiayuan, southeast Gansu province, reveal that foreign cultures had a greater impact on Chinese culture than previously thought. 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 contact between the elites of these regions. Later wheeled vehicles and architectural elements from the Shaanxi province suggest that these exchanges continued well into the Qin dynasty.

Dr. Raphael Wong is Associate Curator at the Hong Kong Palace Museum. He 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'.