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Exhibition Symposium Webcast: "Secrets of the Sea: A Tang Shipwreck and Early Trade in Asia"

A symposium co-organized by Asia Society and the Tang Center for Early China at Columbia University
Square-lobed dish with insects, flowers, knotted ribbons, and swastika
Square-lobed dish with insects, flowers, knotted ribbons, and swastika (wan, “10,000”). China. Tang dynasty, ca. 825–50. Gold. H. 1 1/4 x W. 6 x D. 4 in. (3.5 x 15.5 x 10 cm). Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore, 2005.1.00922. Photography by Asian Civilisations Museum, Tang Shipwreck Collection

This landmark symposium represents the first academic gathering in the United States to present a comprehensive review of the cargo of the Belitung shipwreck and the maritime trade routes of the ninth century with a view to broadening the understanding of the profound cultural significance of the find.

Symposium at Columbia University: Saturday, April 22, 10:00 am-5:00 pm

(Webcast 10:00 am-3:30 pm; Lunch break 12:00-1:30 pm)

Morning Panel: The Belitung Shipwreck in its Historical Context (10:00 am-12:00  pm)

John Guy (Metropolitan Museum of Art) Title TBA
Derek Heng (Northern Arizona University)
“The Tang Shipwreck and the Nature of China’s Maritime Trade during the Late Tang Period”
Bryan Averbuch (CUNY)
“Frankincense and Camphor in Canton: Islamic Merchant-Seafarers and Indo-Pacific Trade, 8th-11th Centuries C.E."

Dora C.Y. Ching (Princeton University) – Moderator

Afternoon Panel: The Belitung Cargo (1:30-3:30 pm)

Victor Mair (University of Pennsylvania)
"The Belitung Shipwreck and Its Implications for the History of Tea”
Liu Yang (Minneapolis Institute of Art)
“Decorative Motifs on Changsha Bowls from the Belitung Wreck”
Francois Louis (Bard Graduate Center)
“Networks of Wealth: Tang Gold and Silverware in the Ninth Century”

Adriana Proser (Asia Society Museum) –Moderator 

The symposium takes place at Columbia University in The World Room at Pulitzer Hall (formerly Journalism Hall). 

Co-organized by Asia Society and the Tang Center for Early China at Columbia University.

 

 

 

Event Details

Sat 22 Apr 2017
10:00am - 3:30pm