Gazing at Sanxingdui
Presented by Hong Kong Palace Museum
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.