Dr Baoping Li

BA, MA (Beijing University); PhD (Unviversity of Queensland)
ARC Future Fellow

A22 - Old Teachers' College
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9114 1103

Website Article, Sydney Morning Herald, February 2013

Biographical details

Baoping received his BA and MA degrees from the School of Archaeology and Museology, Peking (Beijing) University, and worked in Beijing for the English-language journal China Archaeology and Art Digest. He undertook his PhD at the University of Queensland, where he received a Commendation for Outstanding Research Higher Degree Thesis, then worked as an Australia Research Council (ARC) Postdoctoral Fellow. He later moved to Sydney to take up a position as a University of Sydney Postdoctoral Research Fellow, and is currently an ARC Future Fellow. As an archaeologist and historian, Dr Li specializes in Chinese ceramics, an indispensable part of Chinese civilisation, and its worldwide distribution in the past two millennia. He investigates these topics through an integrated approach that includes the disciplines of history, archaeology, art history, and the chemical sourcing of trade ceramics in order to gain insights into Chinese civilisation and its interaction with the world. Because of his specialty in Chinese ceramics and their universal representation in major world museums and many archaeological sites, Baoping’s research involves collaborations with worldwide curators, archaeologists, scholars and collectors.

Research interests

In addition to ceramics, Baoping has expertise in many areas of the below general fields, in which he may provide supervision.

  • Chinese archaeology and art history
  • China’s historic trade and interactions with the world
  • Chinese cultural heritages and material cultures

Associations

  • Key founding editorial board member, Bulletin of Chinese Ceramic Art and Archaeology
  • Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association
  • The Oriental Ceramic Society (London)
  • The Asian Arts Society of Australia
  • Chinese Society of Ancient Ceramics (secretariat in Palace Museum, Beijing)

Selected grants

2010

  • Chinese ceramics throughout Angkor: Date, origin and implications for the operation and demise of Angkor; Li B, Li B, Fletcher R; DVC Research/Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Scheme.

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Li, B. (2012). 'Batavian' style Chinese export porcelain: origins, recent finds and historic significance. In Robert Kuszinger, Michael James Webb, Truong Duc Huong (Eds.), The Ca Mau Shipwreck Porcelain, (pp. 23-30). Budapest: Hungarian Southeast Asian Research Institute.
  • Li, B., Chen, Y., Wood, N. (2010). Chemical Fingerprinting: Tracing the Origins of the Green-Splashed White Ware. In Regina Krahl, John Guy, J. Keith Wilson and Julian Raby (Eds.), Shipwrecked: Tang Treaures and Monsoon Winds, (pp. 177-184). Singapore: Smithsonian Institution.
  • Li, B., Junjie, T., Zhengxian, D., Greig, A. (2010). Trace Element Analysis of Ceramics from the Laohudong Kiln Site and its Archaeological Significance. In The Museum of Oriental Ceramics (Eds.), Temporary Exhibition: Southern Song Xiuneisi Guan Ware: Archaeological Findings from the Kiln Site at Laohudong, Hangzhou, (pp. 168-177). Osaka: Museum of Oriental Ceramics.

Journals

  • Li, B. (2012). Tea Drinking and Ceramic Tea Bowls: An overview through dynastic history. China Heritage Quarterly, 29, online: 1-4.
  • Li, B., Liu, L., Chen, X., Zhao, J., Drennan, J., Greig, A., Feng, Y., Lawrence, M., Xu, H., Han, G., et al (2010). Chemical comparison of rare Chinese white pottery from four sites of the Erlitou state: results and archaeometrical implications. Archaeometry, 52(5), 760-776.
  • Li, B., Liu, L., Zhao, J., Chen, X., Feng, Y., Han, G., Zhu, J. (2008). Chemical fingerprinting of whitewares from Nanwa site of the Chinese Erlitou state. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research. Section B, 266, 2614-2622.
  • Li, B. (2008). Numbered Jun wares: Controversies and new kiln site discoveries. Transactions of the Oriental Ceramic Society, 71(1), 65-77.
  • Liu, L., Chen, X., Li, B. (2007). Non-state crafts in the early Chinese state: An archaeological view from the Erlitou hinterland. Bulletin of the Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association, 27, 93-102.
  • Li, B., Zhao, J., Greig, A., Collerson, K., Feng, Y., Sun, X., Guo, M., Zhuo, Z. (2006). Characterisation of Chinese Tang sancai from Gongxian and Yaozhou kilns using ICP-MS trace element and TIMS Sr–Nd isotopic analysis. Journal of Archaeological Science, 33(1), 56-62.
  • Li, B., Greig, A., Zhao, J., Collerson, K., Quan, K., Meng, Y., Ma, Z. (2005). ICP-MS trace element analysis of Song dynasty porcelains from Ding, Jiexiu and Guantai kilns, north China. Journal of Archaeological Science.
  • Li, B., Zhao, J., Greig, A., Collerson, K., Zhuo, Z., Feng, Y. (2005). Potential of Sr isotopic analysis in ceramic provenance studies: Characterisation of Chinese stonewares. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research. Section B, 240(1), 726-732.

Conferences

  • Li, B. (2012). Discoveries and interpretation of Ming dynasty export porcelain from Chinese tombs. The International Symposium: Chinese Export Ceramics in the 16th and 17th Centuries and the Spread of Material Civilisation, Hong Kong: City University of Hong Kong Press.
  • Li, B., Liu, L., Chen, X., Zhao, J., Feng, Y., Xu, H., Han, G., Zhu, J. (2009). On the provenance of the white pottery of the Erlitou site: the significance of Sr isotopic analysis. 2009 International Symposium on Ancient Ceramics, Shanghai: Shanghai Science and Technology Literature Publishers.

2012

  • Li, B. (2012). 'Batavian' style Chinese export porcelain: origins, recent finds and historic significance. In Robert Kuszinger, Michael James Webb, Truong Duc Huong (Eds.), The Ca Mau Shipwreck Porcelain, (pp. 23-30). Budapest: Hungarian Southeast Asian Research Institute.
  • Li, B. (2012). Discoveries and interpretation of Ming dynasty export porcelain from Chinese tombs. The International Symposium: Chinese Export Ceramics in the 16th and 17th Centuries and the Spread of Material Civilisation, Hong Kong: City University of Hong Kong Press.
  • Li, B. (2012). Tea Drinking and Ceramic Tea Bowls: An overview through dynastic history. China Heritage Quarterly, 29, online: 1-4.

2010

  • Li, B., Liu, L., Chen, X., Zhao, J., Drennan, J., Greig, A., Feng, Y., Lawrence, M., Xu, H., Han, G., et al (2010). Chemical comparison of rare Chinese white pottery from four sites of the Erlitou state: results and archaeometrical implications. Archaeometry, 52(5), 760-776.
  • Li, B., Chen, Y., Wood, N. (2010). Chemical Fingerprinting: Tracing the Origins of the Green-Splashed White Ware. In Regina Krahl, John Guy, J. Keith Wilson and Julian Raby (Eds.), Shipwrecked: Tang Treaures and Monsoon Winds, (pp. 177-184). Singapore: Smithsonian Institution.
  • Li, B., Junjie, T., Zhengxian, D., Greig, A. (2010). Trace Element Analysis of Ceramics from the Laohudong Kiln Site and its Archaeological Significance. In The Museum of Oriental Ceramics (Eds.), Temporary Exhibition: Southern Song Xiuneisi Guan Ware: Archaeological Findings from the Kiln Site at Laohudong, Hangzhou, (pp. 168-177). Osaka: Museum of Oriental Ceramics.

2009

  • Li, B., Liu, L., Chen, X., Zhao, J., Feng, Y., Xu, H., Han, G., Zhu, J. (2009). On the provenance of the white pottery of the Erlitou site: the significance of Sr isotopic analysis. 2009 International Symposium on Ancient Ceramics, Shanghai: Shanghai Science and Technology Literature Publishers.

2008

  • Li, B., Liu, L., Zhao, J., Chen, X., Feng, Y., Han, G., Zhu, J. (2008). Chemical fingerprinting of whitewares from Nanwa site of the Chinese Erlitou state. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research. Section B, 266, 2614-2622.
  • Li, B. (2008). Numbered Jun wares: Controversies and new kiln site discoveries. Transactions of the Oriental Ceramic Society, 71(1), 65-77.

2007

  • Liu, L., Chen, X., Li, B. (2007). Non-state crafts in the early Chinese state: An archaeological view from the Erlitou hinterland. Bulletin of the Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association, 27, 93-102.

2006

  • Li, B., Zhao, J., Greig, A., Collerson, K., Feng, Y., Sun, X., Guo, M., Zhuo, Z. (2006). Characterisation of Chinese Tang sancai from Gongxian and Yaozhou kilns using ICP-MS trace element and TIMS Sr–Nd isotopic analysis. Journal of Archaeological Science, 33(1), 56-62.

2005

  • Li, B., Greig, A., Zhao, J., Collerson, K., Quan, K., Meng, Y., Ma, Z. (2005). ICP-MS trace element analysis of Song dynasty porcelains from Ding, Jiexiu and Guantai kilns, north China. Journal of Archaeological Science.
  • Li, B., Zhao, J., Greig, A., Collerson, K., Zhuo, Z., Feng, Y. (2005). Potential of Sr isotopic analysis in ceramic provenance studies: Characterisation of Chinese stonewares. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research. Section B, 240(1), 726-732.

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