The National Palace Museum in Taipei is a treasure-trove of traditional Chinese culture, which contains an exceptional collection of ritual bronze wares, dating back over 4000 years – to a time when China led the world in bronze casting technology. To introduce the Museum’s superlative collection of these works of art to the British public, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of China and the Taipei Representative Office in the UK are in partnership with Asia House in London to host the lecture “Feasting in the Afterlife: the Bronzes of the National Palace” on 26 February at Asia House.
The bronze wares in ancient China were used for a variety of purposes: as cooking vessels they wined and dined deceased ancestors, as political treaties they bound kings together in war and peace, and as status symbols they publicly projected the power of the aristocracy. This lecture explores the history of this incredible art form in early China, and highlights the continuing importance of bronzes as symbols of kingship and power throughout the later dynasties.
The speaker Roel Sterckx is the Joseph Needham Professor of Chinese History, Science and Civilisation at Cambridge University, a leading specialist on early China, with a special interest in food and ritual culture.
For further details, please contact:
Asia House
63 New Cavendish Street
London W1G 7LP
+44(0)20 7307 5454
Photo: courtesy of National Palace Museum