Director, China National Silk Museum, Hangzhou
Silks from West and East: A Study on the Textiles from TAM170, Astana, Turfan, Xinjiang
DateWednesday, September 17, 2014
Time6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Place38 West 86th Street, Lecture Hall
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Zhao Feng will be coming to speak at the Global Middle Ages Seminar on Wednesday, September 17, 2014. His talk is entitled “Silks from West and East: A Study on the Textiles from TAM170, Astana, Turfan, Xinjiang.”
Zhao Feng is Executive Director of the China National Silk Museum in Hangzhou. He is also Director of the Chinese Center for Textile Identification and Conservation, a Directing Member of the Centre international d'étude des textiles anciens (CIETA) in Lyon, and Professor of Textile History at Donghua University in Shanghai. He received his doctorate from the China Textile University (now Donghua University) in 1997 and subsequently was a research fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He is the author of six monographs on Chinese silk textiles and editor of eleven more, including: The Art History of Silk Textiles (1992), Tang-Dynasty Silks and the Silk Road (1992), Liao Textile and Costumes (2004), and Textiles from Dunhuang in UK Collections (2007). More recently, he co-authored a catalogue with Qi Dongfang for the Sackler Museum in Beijing on Western-Style Designs on Textiles of the Silk Road from the 4th to 8th Centuries (2011) and co-edited a new history of Chinese silk (Yale 2012) with Dieter Kuhn.
In his talk at the BGC, Zhao will examine textiles discovered in 1972 in tomb no. 170 at the Astana cemetery in Turfan, in Chinese Central Asia. This sixth-century tomb contained three corpses and a large number of well-preserved silk textiles and costumes. Archaeologists also discovered three inventories naming silks from both Persia and the Wei dynasty of northern China, making this a particularly significant find for the study of textiles from the Silk Road.
Light refreshments will be served at 5:45 pm. The presentation will begin at 6:00 pm.
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