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Chinese writing: origins, nature, and history Lecture by Dr Paola Demattè
Thu 27 April 2017, 14:00 – 15:00 BST
Chinese writing: origins, nature, and history
Lecture by Dr Paola Demattè, Professor of Chinese Art and Archaeology, History of Art and Visual Culture Department, Rhode Island School of Design, USA
Event linked to Chinese Paintings Exhibition: Collecting the Past: Scholars’ Taste in Chinese Art
Starting from the calligraphy inscription of Wu Yunzheng on a fan on view in the current exhibition Collecting the Past: Scholars’ taste in Chinese Art (Gallery 11), this introductory lecture will touch upon the nature of Chinese writing, its origins in the Neolithic and Bronze Age, and its impact on Chinese historical identity. In particular, we will look at the different types of characters according to traditional Chinese etymology, examine Neolithic potmarks and pictographs, and look at Bronze age inscriptions on mantic bones and ritual implements.
Paola Demattè teaches classes on Chinese art and archaeology at Rhode Island School of Design. She holds a Laurea in Chinese Language and Literature from the Università degli Studi di Venezia and a PhD in Archaeology from the University of California, Los Angeles. She has written on the origins of Chinese writing, pre-dynastic urbanism, archaic jades and funerary art and on Jesuits’ activities in China. Demattè has also curated an exhibition at the Getty Center and co-authored an award-winning volume on Sino-European exchanges in the 16th through the 19th centuries (China on Paper, Getty Publications 2007).
Date: Thursday 27 April 2017
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Ashmolean Museum Lecture Theatre
Free, Booking recommended.
Image: Wu Yunzheng, Calligraphy after inscription on three bronze vessels, 1835, Purchased 1965, EA1965.243