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International Symposium: A Silk Road Saga: The sarcophagus of Yu Hong


7 May 2013

International Symposium: A Silk Road Saga: The sarcophagus of Yu Hong

DATE: Saturday 24 August 2013

Venue: Domain Theatre, Art Gallery of New South Wales

The Art Gallery of NSW will hold an international symposium on Saturday August 24, 2013 in conjunction with the exhibition A Silk Road Saga: the Sarcophagus of Yu Hong.

This exceptional discovery of this engraved marble tomb for a Silk Road diplomat will be on view in the Asian Gallery from 22 August to 10 November 2013. The sarcophagus is on loan from the Shanxi Provincial Museum and has only been on exhibition twice in the world before since its discovery in 1999 ( Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY and Mori Museum) The symposium intends to provide a broader background to the exhibition, both historically and geographically, thus enhancing the understanding of the exhibition.

The symposium will be held at the Domain Theatre.

The Confucius Institute will support the symposium by sponsoring one of the speakers from China, Professor Qi Dongfang, who is a leading scholar on archaeology of Sui and Tang dynasty. He has lectured and published numerously on many aspects of the Tang dynasty's achievement in Chinese civilization.

Invited speakers include:

Professor Lin Meicun, Peking University

Zhang Qingjie, General Secretary of Shanxi Provincial Institute of Archaeology

Professor Qi Dongfang, Peking University

Edmund Capon, former director of the Art Gallery of New South Wales

Yin Cao, Curator of Chinee art, Art Gallery of New South Wales