FINE ART ASIA 2023 Academic Programme


Gazing at Sanxingdui

Presented by Hong Kong Palace Museum

Speakers: Dr Tianlong Jiao, Head Curator, Hong Kong Palace Museum
  Dr Shengyu Wang, Assistant Curator, Hong Kong Palace Museum
Date: 8 October 2023 (Sunday)
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Language: Putonghua

The Sanxingdui site (c. 2500–900 BCE), located about 40 km north of Chengdu in Sichuan Province, China, has been the focus of some of the most exciting archaeological works being done in China over the past three decades. The discovery of thousands of objects made from bronze, gold, and jade fascinated scholars and the public worldwide.

This lecture introduces the four fascinating facets of the Sanxingdui culture: its art, urban life, spiritual world, and its origin and development. By applying the theory of gaze, this lecture will critically and contextually examine the almost ubiquitous recurrence of different eye elements among the Sanxingdui objects.





Dr Tianlong Jiao received his Ph. D. from Harvard University. Prior to his appointment as the Head Curator at the Hong Kong Palace Museum, he was the Curator of Asian Art at the Denver Art Museum, the Head and Curator of Chinese Art at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, Chief Curator of Hong Kong Maritime Museum, the Chairman of the Department of Anthropology at Bishop Museum. He also served as faculty or visiting professors at University of Hawaii-Manoa, Xiamen University, Chinese University of Science and Technology and Shandong University. His research specialty is early Chinese art and archaeology. He has authored/co-authored seven books and more than ninety research papers both in Chinese and in English. His book The Neolithic of Southeast China (Cambria Press 2007) was the winner of the 2007 Philip and Eugenia Cho Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Asian Studies.


Dr Shengyu Wang received her DPhil in archaeology from the University of Oxford. Prior to her current appointment as the Assistant Curator at the Hong Kong Palace Museum, she was involved in exhibitions and catalogue projects at Shanghai Museum and the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. She has participated in archaeological excavations in China and the UK, and has published and lectured on Chinese art and archaeology in Chinese and English. At the Hong Kong Palace Museum, she made curatorial contributions to the opening exhibition “Grand Gallop: Art and Culture of the Horse”, and is co-curating a number of special exhibitions, including the 2023 special exhibition on Sanxingdui.